Purposes of the pretrial advice

  1. militarydefenselawyers247Substantial Pretrial Right of the Accused.
    1. Protects accused against trial on baseless charges.
  2. Protects accused against referral to an inappropriate level of court-martial.
  3. Limited veto over convening authority’s power to refer charges.
  • Prosecutorial Tool.
    1. Provides legal advice to the convening authority regarding the charges.
    2. Additional opportunity for the SJA/military justice section to review the charges (form, substance, etc) prior to referral.
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