Today’s edition of the Federal Register includes this notice from the Department of Defense establishing a Judicial Proceedings Panel to review the UCMJ:

The Judicial Proceedings Panel is a non-discretionary Federal advisory committee that will conduct an independent review and assessment of judicial proceedings conducted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) involving adult sexual assault and related offenses since the amendments made to the UCMJ by section 541 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012 (“the FY 2012 NDAA”) (Pub. L. 112-81) for the purpose of developing recommendations for improvements to such proceedings. 

The announcement then lists numerous tasks for the panel.

This will be the third concurrent review of the UCMJ within the DoD, the others being the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel and the Military Justice Review Group. The Response Systems Panel operates under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), while the Military Justice Review Group does not (a topic discussed at this year’s Code Committee meeting). FACA provides for an enormous amount of transparency (open meetings, etc.).

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