The Twenty-seventh Public Meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military was held on February 24, 2017 in Arlington, VA.

Arlington, VA -The twenty-seventh public meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel (“JPP” or “the Panel”) was held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Ballston, Grand Ballroom, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

The Judicial Proceedings Panel is an independent federal advisory committee established by the Secretary of Defense in June 2014 in accordance with section 576(a)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The Judicial Proceedings Panel is tasked to conduct an independent review and assessment of military judicial proceedings for adult sexual assault offenses since Fiscal Year 2012, for the purpose of developing recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Defense for improvements to such proceedings.

During the morning session, the Panel received a presentation from JPP Subcommittee members regarding the JPP Subcommittee Report on Sexual Assault Investigations in the Military. The presentation was followed by Panel deliberations on the Subcommittee’s report and recommendations.

In the afternoon, the Panel conducted deliberations on its Military Defense Counsel Resources and Experience in Sexual Assault Cases Report, followed by deliberations on its Victims’ Appellate Rights Report.  The victims’ appellate rights deliberations included discussion of the Department of Defense Joint Service Committee on Military Justice’s proposed amendment to Rule for Courts-Martial 1103A, which deals with the review of sealed materials by appellate counsel, and the written dissenting opinions of Mr. Victor Stone, JPP member.

The Panel welcomed input from the public on these topics or other issues under consideration by the JPP.  Requests to make public comment, submission of written comments or materials, and any other inquiries may be directed to Ms. Julie Carson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (703) 693-3849.

This meeting was open to the public. Seating for the meeting was limited and available on a first-come basis.

More information about the Panel, including a registration form for providing public comment, meeting agenda, and materials for the meeting, is available on the JPP’s website at http://jpp.whs.mil. In the event the Office of Personnel Management closes the government due to inclement weather or for any other reason, please consult the JPP website for any changes to public meeting dates or time.

 

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