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

Promulgating Order: Uniform Rules of Practice, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary

Trial Guide (ver. 12 July 2018) - For mandatory use in all Navy and Marine Corps courts-martial after 12 July 2018.

Joint Trial Guide (ver. 1 Jan 2019) - For mandatory use in all courts-martial after 1 January 2019. The Joint Trial Guide is also available online here.

Standardized 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.

Model Plea Agreement MJA 16 (effective 1 Jan 19) - 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.

Standardized Victim's Designee Appointment Order - for use by counsel and referenced in the NMCTJ Uniform Rules of Practice.

Standardized Continuance Request - for use by counsel and referenced in the NMCTJ Uniform Rules of Practice.

Bailiff's Handbook

Application for Warrant for Electronic Communications

Warrant for Electronic Communications

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

Dockets

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

Direct official correspondence (other than court filings) to the Executive Assistant of the Chief Trial Judge. Any non-DoD entity desiring to quash an order, subpoena, or warrant should serve their motion to the Executive Assistant of the Chief Trial Judge at:
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
Email: patricia.babb@navy.mil

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
Hours:
Core hours of the TRIJUDAC are 0800-1700, but courts-martial are conducted 24/7/365 at the discretion of the judiciary.

Helpful Links

Trial Judiciary Offices
Judicial Circuit  Principal Office Dockets Days/Hours Phone Number Normal Areas of Responsibility
Northern
Rules of Court
Washington Navy Yard, DC/ MCB Quantico, VA Northern Docket 0800-1700 (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.
Central
Rules of Court
Norfolk, VA Central Docket 0800-1700 (757) 341-4570 Virginia (except those areas designated as within the Northern Circuit).
Eastern
Rules of Court
Camp LeJeune, NC Eastern Docket 0800-1700 (910) 451-3503 North Carolina including all Marine Corps bases, air stations, camp, depots and logistics bases within the state.
Southern
Rules of Court
Parris Island / Beaufort, SC Southern Docket 0800-1700 (843) 228 - 2559 South Carolina and Georgia (except for NSB Kings Bay).
Jacksonville / Mayport, FL Southern Docket 0800-1700 (904) 542-2722 Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and the Caribbean Sea which includes Panama, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Puerto Rico and NSB Kings Bay, Georgia.
Southwest
Rules of Court
San Diego, CA Southwest Docket 0800-1700 (619) 556-6580 All Navy-convened cases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
Northwest
Rules of Court
Bremerton, WA Northwest Docket 0800-1700 (360) 627-2476 All Navy-convened cases in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
Western
Rules of Court
Camp Pendleton, CA Western Docket 0800-1700 (760) 725-6273 All Marine Corps cases in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
WESTPAC
Rules of Court
Yokosuka, Japan N/A 0800-1700 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 0800-1700 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.
EURAFSWA
Rules of Court
Naples, Italy N/A 0800-1700 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.
Hawaii
Rules of Court
Pearl Harbor, HI N/A 0800-1700 (808) 473-4597 Hawaii
Kaneohe Bay, HI Hawaii Docket 0800-1700 (808) 257-9918

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