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  1. special court-martialnoun

    a court-martial to try soldiers for offenses less serious that than those committed in action; consists of at least three officers


  1. special court-martial

    Courts-martial of the United States are trials conducted by the U.S. military or by state militaries. Most commonly, courts-martial are convened to try members of the U.S. military for criminal violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), which is the U.S. military's criminal code. However, they can also be convened for other purposes, including military tribunals and the enforcement of martial law in an occupied territory. Federal courts-martial are governed by the rules of procedure and evidence laid out in the Manual for Courts-Martial, which contains the Rules for Courts-Martial, Military Rules of Evidence, and other guidance. State courts-martial are governed according to the laws of the state concerned. The American Bar Association has issued a Model State Code of Military Justice, which has influenced the relevant laws and procedures in some states. Courts-martial are adversarial proceedings, as are all United States criminal courts. That is, lawyers representing the government and the accused present the facts, legal aspects, and arguments most favorable to each side; a military judge determines questions of law, and the members of the panel (the military equivalent of a jury) (or military judge in a judge-alone case) determine questions of fact. State National Guards (air and army), can convene summary and special courts martial for state-level, peacetime military offenses committed by non-federalized Guard Airmen and Soldiers, in the same manner as federal courts martial proceed. The authority for State National Guards to convene courts martial is under Title 32 of the US Code. States that have militaries (State Guards) outside the Federally regulated National Guard convene courts-martial by authority of state laws.


  1. special court-martial

    A special court-martial is a kind of military trial in the United States Armed Forces that is used to handle relatively minor infractions and crimes. It is intermediate in severity and complexity between summary court-martial and general court-martial. The legal proceedings in a special court-martial are similar to those in a civilian criminal trial, it consists of a military judge, prosecuting officer, and a defense counsel. Punishments rendered at a special court-martial could include reduction in rank, loss of pay, confinement for a maximum of twelve months, and/or a bad conduct discharge.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of special court-martial in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of special court-martial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9


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