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SUMMARY COURTS-MARTIAL

Trial by summary court-martial provides a simplified procedure for the resolution of charges involving minor incidents of misconduct.  The summary court-martial consists of one officer who, depending upon Service policies and practice, is a judge advocate (a military attorney).  The maximum punishment a summary court-martial may impose is considerably less than a special or general court-martial.  The accused must consent to be tried by a summary court-martial.

You have the right to seek advice from counsel.  You do not have the right to be represented by an attorney at a summary court-martial. You have a right to be given a reasonable opportunity to obtain witnesses.  You have a right to plead not guilty and explain your case.  You have a right to present matters in mitigation and extenuation.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  It is also your right to turn down a summary court-martial.  In most instances this may not be the best choice.  In general, if you turn down a summary court-martial, it is more likely than not that the government will send your case to a special court-martial empowered to adjudge a bad conduct discharge.  On the other hand, sometimes turning down a summary court martial and electing to be tried at a special or general court-martial may be the only sure method of obtaining a fair proceeding.  You should always confer with an experienced attorney before turning down a summary court martial.

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