(A) The adjutant general shall appoint an officer of the Ohio national guard as state judge advocate . The officer shall be a member in good standing of the bar of this state and be eligible to be recognized as a colonel under regulations prescribed by the national guard bureau.
(B) The adjutant general shall appoint judge advocates and legal officers on the recommendation of the state judge advocate. Judge advocates and legal officers shall be officers of the organized militia and members in good standing of the bar of this state.
(C) The state judge advocate or subordinate judge advocates shall make frequent inspections in the field in supervision of the administration of military justice.
(D) Convening authorities shall at all times communicate directly with their staff judge advocates or legal officers in matters relating to the administration of military justice . A staff judge advocate or legal officer of a command is entitled to communicate directly with any staff judge advocate or legal officer of a superior or subordinate command, or with the state judge advocate.
(E) No person who has acted as member, military judge, trial counsel, assistant trial counsel, defense counsel, assistant defense counsel, or investigating officer, or who has been a witness for either the prosecution or defense, in any case may later act as staff judge advocate or legal officer to any reviewing authority upon the same case.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.138,HB 490, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.
Effective Date: 07-17-1970