Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary (Code 52)

Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary Seal

The Trial Judiciary is a joint Navy-Marine Corps activity led by a Chief Trial Judge who serves as Officer-in-Charge. Its mission is to provide certified military judges for Navy and Marine Corps general and special courts-martial and hearing officers for sanity hearings on confined prisoners. In addition, military judges sometimes serve as Article 32, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) preliminary hearing officers.

Principal Functions

The Judiciary is organized into eight judicial circuits staffed by active-duty military judges, and is supported by Naval Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentees.

The number of active duty judges fluctuates around 27, depending on open positions. Due to the enormous responsibility for trials throughout the world, military judges spend much of their time traveling.

Rules of Court

NMCTJ Uniform Rules of Practice

Standardize Trial Management Order - for use by counsel and referenced in the NMCTJ Uniform Rules of Practice.

Model Pretrial Agreement - for considered use by counsel and referenced in the NMCTJ Uniform Rules of Practice.

Standardized Post Trial and Appellate Rights - mandated for use by counsel and referenced in the NMCTJ Uniform Rules of Practice.

Rules of Court for each Judicial Circuit may be found in the table below.


The below contact information for individual judicial circuits provides a link to general information relative to dockets published by judicial circuits. Each docket is maintained locally and is subject to change without notice. Disclosure of information within any docket does not support or permit any inference adverse to any accused; all accused are presumed to be innocent. For inquiries regarding any particular court-martial, please contact the local Public Affairs Office.

Executive Assistant

Official correspondence (other than court filings) should be directed to the Chief Trial Judge’s Executive Assistant at the following address:
U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary
1250 10th Street SE Suite 1300
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5140
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 685-5998 / 5893
DSN: 325-5998 / 5893
Media inquiries should be directed to:
Special Assistant, Public Affairs
Office of the Judge Advocate General
1322 Patterson Ave., SE, Suite 3000
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5066
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 685-5493
DSN: 325-5493

Contact Headquarters

Mailing Address:
Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary
(Code 52)
1250 10th Street SE Suite 1300
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5140
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 685-5998 / 5893
DSN: 325-5998 / 5893
Fax: (202) 685-5895
0730 – 1630
Monday – Friday

Helpful Links

Trial Judiciary Offices
Judicial Circuit  Principal Office Dockets Days/Hours Phone Number Normal Areas of Responsibility
Rules of Court
Washington Navy Yard, DC/ MCB Quantico, VA Northern Docket


0730 – 1630

(202) 685-5893 The Naval District Washington; Quantico and Dahlgren, Virginia. Marine Corps Forces, Reserves, New Orleans, Louisiana. Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota , Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York , North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma , Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin .
Rules of Court
Norfolk, VA Central Docket 0730 – 1630 (757) 341-4570 Virginia (except those areas designated as within the Northern Circuit).
Rules of Court
Camp LeJeune, NC Eastern Docket 0730 – 1630 (910) 451-3503 North Carolina including all Marine Corps bases, air stations, camp, depots and logistics bases within the state.
Rules of Court
Parris Island / Beaufort, SC Southern Docket 0730 - 1630 (843) 228 - 2559 South Carolina and Georgia (except for NSB Kings Bay).
Jacksonville / Mayport, FL Southern Docket 0730 – 1630 (904) 270-5445 Ext 3005 Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and the Caribbean Sea which includes Panama, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Puerto Rico and NSB Kings Bay, Georgia.
Rules of Court
San Diego, CA  Western Docket 0730 – 1630 (619) 556-6580
Bremerton, WA 0730 – 1630 (360) 476-6466 Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
Camp Pendleton, CA 0730 – 1630 (760) 725-6273 All Marine Corps bases, air stations, camps, depots and logistics bases within the Western Judicial Circuit.
Rules of Court
Yokosuka, Japan N/A 0730 – 1630 DSN: 315-243-7262
COMM: 011-81-46-816-7262
Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Asia, Guam; Philippines, Diego Garcia, and areas of Asia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans not included within another circuit or designated within the Okinawa area of responsibility.
Okinawa, Japan N/A 0730 – 1630 011-81-611-745-2156 / 7287 Okinawa, all Marine Corps bases, air stations, camps, activities, schools, detachments and logistics bases on Japan, Guam, Australia and Korea.
Rules of Court
Naples, Italy N/A 0730 - 1630 DSN 314-626-4482 Europe, Africa, countries of the Middle East and Southwest Asia, Iceland, the Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean and Red Seas and all Atlantic Ocean areas not assigned to another circuit.
Rules of Court
Pearl Harbor, HI N/A 0730 – 1630 (808) 473-4597 Hawaii
Kaneohe Bay, HI Hawaii Docket 0730 – 1630 (808) 257-9918

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