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Military Legal Materials

A guide to legal materials dealing with the military, veterans, and military family issues.

Authorization for a Separate System of Military Justice

Article I, Section 8, The Constitution of the United States

"The Congress shall have the Power ... [t]o provide for the organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States."

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

10 U.S.C. §§ 801-946. Also reprinted in Appendix A2 of the Manual for Courts-Martial.

Manual for Courts-Martial

Now printed annually by the GPO. Contains Rules for Courts-Martial, Military Rules of Evidence, punitive articles, forms, guides (scripts) for general and special courts-martial, etc. Location: Law Government Docs D 1.15:[year]. The 2016 edition is available in PDF format from the Army Publishing Directorate. (This is a very large file (936 pages) and may take a long time to load.)

Military Case Law

Military defendants have an automatic right to appeal in most cases. The first level of appeal consists of the Courts of Criminal Appeal for each of the different branches of the service (the Navy and Marines have a joint court). Judges on these courts are active duty or reserve judge advocates. These courts were originally called Boards of Review and then Courts of Military Review. The highest level of appeal is the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, formerly known as the Court of Military Appeals. The Court is made up of civilian judges. Military defendants can appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

  • Courts-Martial Reports (C.M.R.) (1951 - 1975). Location: Law Government Docs D 1.29:[vol. no.].
  • Military Justice Reporter (M.J.) (1975 - present). Location: Law unclassified. Shelved at end of the federal reporters. The library cancelled our subscription; the last volume is Vol. 67, 2009.
  • Cases can be found on Westlaw under Military Law Practice Area, and on Lexis Advance under the Military & Veterans Law topic.

Military Court Websites

Military Regulations

General Regulations

Many regulations establish additional procedures or contain provisions which can be enforced through prosecution. Regulations are available online:

Military Justice Regulations

JAG Websites

Military Criminal Law Secondary Sources


The following are several useful books concerning military justice. Note that since these are published by LexisNexis, most, if not all, are available on Lexis online:

  • Court-Martial Procedure, by Francis A. Gilligan & Fredric I. Lederer (4th ed., LexisNexis 2015). 2 vols. Updated annual with pocket parts. Location: Law KF 7625 .G55 2015.
  • Military Criminal Justice: Practice and Procedure, by David A. Schlueter (9th ed., LexisNexis 2015). 2 vols. Location: Law KF 7620 .S34 2015.
  • Military Criminal Procedure Forms, by Kenneth V. Jansen et al. (3d ed., LexisNexis 2009). Location: Law KF 7620 .A65 M55 2009.
  • Military Evidentiary Foundations, by David A. Schlueter et al. (6th ed., LexisNexis 2016). Location: Law KF 7628 .M55 2016.
  • Military Rules of Evidence Manual, by Stephen A. Saltzburg, Lee D. Schinasi, David A. Schlueter, & Victor M. Hansen (8th ed., LexisNexis 2015). 2 vols. Location: Law KF 7628 .S34 2015

Articles & Other Resources