NIMJ announced here that Senior Judge Walter T. Cox III of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is convening a second commission to examine the military justice system. The first Cox Commission’s report is available here. The second Cox Commission is co-sponsored by NIMJ and the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Military Justice Committee.
The announcement sets out the commission’s purpose and plan:
The purpose of the Commission will be to examine the current operation of the military justice system and consider whether the Uniform Code of Military Justice is meeting the needs of the military services to provide an efficient and fair way to insure good order and discipline while also serving the criminal justice goals of a democratic society. The Commission will submit its report to the President, Congress, the Department of Defense, and its sponsoring organizations. . . .
The Commission will solicit ideas and suggestions from civilian and military attorneys, military commanders and non-commissioned officers, bar associations, law schools and groups with special interest in military matters and from the general public. Every effort will be made to facilitate public participation, including a website or blog and at least one public hearing.
The lineup for the second Cox Commission is star-studded. In addition to Judge Cox himself, the commissioner members are former 4th Circuit Chief Judge Billy Wilkins, Professor Steve Saltzburg of GWU, Professor Scott Silliman of Duke Law, former Judge Advocate General of the Navy RADM Donald J. Guter, former military commissions Chief Defense Counsel Will Gunn, GWU Law Professor and D.C. City Council Member Mary Cheh, retired Army Major General William L. Nash, and retired Army JAG Colonel Joyce Peters. The vital position of commission reporter is filled by two luminaries — Professor Beth Hillman of UC Hastings Law (who was the first Cox Commission’s reporter) and Professor Vic Hansen of New England Law.
We will follow the commission’s work and will post a notice when the commission’s public hearing is scheduled.