5924.26 Military judge.

(A) A military judge shall be detailed to each general and special court-martial . A military judge shall preside over each open session of the court-martial to which the judge has been detailed.

(B) A military judge shall be a commissioned officer of the organized militia who is a member in good standing of the bar of this state and who is certified to be qualified for duty as a military judge by the state judge advocate.

(C) The military judge of a general or special court-martial shall be designated by the state judge advocate for detail by the convening authority. Unless the court-martial was convened by the governor or the adjutant general, neither the convening authority nor the convening authority's staff, other than the state judge advocate or deputy state judge advocate, shall prepare or review any report concerning the effectiveness, fitness, or efficiency of the military judge's performance of duty as a military judge.

(D) No person is eligible to act as a military judge in a case if the person is the accuser, is a witness for the prosecution, has acted as investigating officer, or is a counsel in the same case.

(E) The military judge of a court-martial may not consult with the members of the court, except in the presence of the accused, trial counsel, and defense counsel, nor may the military judge vote with the members of the court.

(F) A trial counsel, defense counsel, military judge, legal officer, summary court officer, or any other person from any one component of the organized militia certified by the state judge advocate to perform legal functions under this code may perform those functions, as needed, for any other component of the organized militia.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.138, HB 490, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-17-1970