Judicial Proceedings Panel

The Twenty-Second Public Meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military was held on September 23, 2016 in Arlington, VA.

Arlington, VA - The twenty-second public meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel ("JPP" or "the Panel") was held on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at One Liberty Center, 875 N. Randolph Street, Conference Room, 14th Floor, 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.

The focus of this meeting was on victims' appellate rights and proposed changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

During the morning session, the Panel received testimony on this topic from four former military appellate judges:

  - The Honorable James Baker, Former Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

  - Rear Admiral Christian Reismeier, USN, Retired, Former Chief Judge of the United States Navy

  - Colonel William Orr, USAF, Retired, Former Chief Judge, United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

  - Colonel Denise Lind, USA, Retired, Former Senior Appellate Judge, United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals

For the afternoon sessions, the Panel heard perspectives from current military appellate lawyers from each Service's defense and government appellate divisions.

Topics discussed at the meeting included: 1) victim notice of appellate matters; 2) victim privacy interests during appellate counsel review of records of trial; 3) victim participation at the appellate stage; and 4) victims' right to appeal adverse interlocutory rulings to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

The JPP will continue to focus on victims' appellate rights at its October 14, 2016 public meeting, receiving testimony from civilian practitioners, legal experts, and advocacy organizations.

More information about the Panel, including a registration form for providing public comment, a detailed agenda, and materials for this meeting, is available on the JPP's website at http://jpp.whs.mil.






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