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NIMJ frequently submits suggestions and makes comments on pending legislation affecting American military justice.  Although many of our suggestions are done as comments to Department of Defense rule-making included here, we have also issued specific reports on military commissions and military justice reforms that are included in the appropriate topics areas on this website.

Our goal is to advance principles of justice, equity, and fairness in American military justice.

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2003 NIMJ Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Manual for Courts Martial 2003Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Rule Making, Comment, Publication, Adequacy of Rule-making Process, Joint Service Committee, JSC, Intent of Proposed Rules, Transparency, Joint Task Force Authority, Joint Command Authority, Appeal of Denial of Preemptory Challenge, Aggravating Factors for Death, War Crimes, Grave Breaches, Law of War, Analysis, Policy Rationale,

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2003 NIMJ Comments to MCM Changes on Joint Service Committee (JSC) Role 2003Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Joint Service Committee, JSC, Rule Making, Comment

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2005 NIMJ Letter to Senators Warner and Specter Advocating Hearings Prior to 2006 NDAA on Military Commission Review Provisions 2005Administrative Review, CSRT, ARB, Combat Status Review Tribunals, Administrative Review Boards, District Court Review, Habeas Corpus, Conditions of Confinement, US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, CAAF, Review, Military Commissions, McCain Amendment, Collateral Review, Direct Appellate Review,

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2006 NIMJ Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Manual for Courts Martial 2006Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Rule Making, Comment, Publication, Adequacy of Rule-making Process, Joint Service Committee, JSC, Intent of Proposed Rules, Transparency, No Useful Summary of Proposed Rule Changes, Sodomy, Sexual Assault, Marital Exemptions, Attorney-client Privilege, Polygraph, Courts-martial Procedures, Federal Court

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2008 NIMJ Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Manual for Courts Martial (MCM) 2008Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Rule Making, Comment, Publication, Adequacy of Rule-making Process, Joint Service Committee, JSC, Proposed Format, Civilians Subject to Courts-martial, Child Pornography Offenses, Affirmative Defense, Staff Judge Advocate Review, Staff Judge Advocate Recommendation, SJAR

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2009 NIMJ Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Manual for Courts Martial 2009Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Rule Making, Comment, Publication, Adequacy of Rule-making Process, Joint Service Committee, JSC, MRE 504, Spousal Priviliege, Intent of Proposed Rule, Transparency

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2010 NIMJ Analysis of Model State Code of Military Justice and Model State Manual for Courts Martial for National Guard Units Under State Control 2010Model State Code of Military Justice, Model State Manual for Courts-Martial for National Guard Units Under State Control, Reform, Optempo, Title 10, Title 32, Mobilization, Judge Advocates, Uniformity, Military Justice, Rules of Evidence, Us Code, Offenses, Federal Offenses, Nexus, Service Connection, Personal Jurisdiction, Solorio , O'Callaghan, Redford, Appellate Procedure,

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2010 NIMJ Comments to CAAF Proposed Rules of Practice, Rule 21b(5)(G) 2010Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, CAAF, Rule 21, Grostenfon Appendix, Appellate Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Appellate Jurisdiction,

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2010 NIMJ Comments to CAAF Proposed Rules of Practice, Rule 30A(a) 2010Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, CAAF, Rule 30, Procedures to Supplement the Record, Extraordinary Writ, Habeas, Direct Review, Federal Cases

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2010 NIMJ Letter Advocating the Use of Formal Rule Making for the Manual for Military Commissions 2010Manual for Military Commissions, Formal Rule Making, Notice and Comment Rulemaking, Public Notice, Public Comment, Military Commissions, Transparency, Federal Register, Democracy

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2010 NIMJ Letter to DoD Press Operations Re Reporter Bar from Guantanamo Military Commissions 2010Military Commissions, Bar to Reporting Witness Identity, Widely Disseminated Information, Transparency, Reporting, Khadr, Fair Trial, Public Trial

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2010 NIMJ Press Release Calling for the Department of Defense to Use Formal Notice and Comment Rule Making for the 2010 Manual for Military Commissions 2010Department of Defense, Formal Rule-making, Notice and Comment, Public Participation, 2009 Military Commission Act, 2009 MCA, MCA, Opportunity for Public Comment, Transparency

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2010 NIMJ Press Release Criticizing Release of MCM Without Public Comment 2010Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Rule Making, Comment, Rule Making, Public Notice, Public Comment

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2010 NIMJ Press Release Opposing DoD Inspector General Investigation of Military Commission Defense Attorneys 2010Department of Defense, Inspector General, Investigation, Defense Attorneys, Military Commissions

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3014 NIMJ Letter Provding Recommendations to the Military Justice Review Group (MJRG) 2014Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Military Justice Review Group, MJRG, Military Justice, Recommendations, Military Judge Term of Office, Joint Rules of Judicial Conduct, Electronic Discovery, Definition of Victim in MCM, Manual, War Crimes Jurisdiction in UCMJ, Article 21, Time of War Definition, Enumerated War Crimes, War Crimes, Combat Related Injuries, Suspended Sentence, VA Treatment for PTSD, VA Treatment for TBI, Adoption of PACER Like System,

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December 2004 NIMJ Comments to Proposed Changes to Manual for Courts Martial 2004Manual for Courts-Martial, MCM, Joint Service Committee, JSC, Rule Making, Comment, Rule Making, Public Notice, Public Comment, Summary of Comments Received, Joint Service Committee, JSC, Remote Testimony, Article 46

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December 2015 NIMJ Letter Requesting the Military Justice Review Group Recommendations 2015Comprehensive Review, Military Justice Review, Military Justice Review Group, MJRG, Judge Effron, Recommendations