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The National Institute of Military Justice is dedicated to advancing the fair administration of military justice. As part of this mission, NIMJ provides suggested improvements and comments to the Department of Defense, the Joint Service Committee on Military Justice (JSC), the Article 146 Code Committee, congressional committees, and other stakeholders in the American military justice system.

In addition to providing these recommendations, NIMJ also files amicus curiae briefs with various military and federal courts, to include the military services’ Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, on matters pertaining to military justice and military commissions. NIMJ has also filed amicus briefs with foreign courts on military justice matters.

In  2001 NIMJ sponsored a Commission on the 50th Anniversary of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, chaired by the Honorable Walter T. Cox III, and issued a report known as the Cox Commission Report, to make specific recommendations to improve the military justice system on the fiftieth anniversary of the UCMJ.  In 2009, the second Cox Commission considered how the structure and practice of American military justice might be re-drawn to better meet the demands of military operations and legal standards of the 21st century.  Both of these reports are available in the topics area of this website under military justice.