Army Deskbook 2019

The Army TJAGSA Criminal Law Deskbook is now online.

The cover notes that the DB “reflects changes” to the MJA effective 1 January 2019. The .pdf file is bookmarked.

Interestingly, Part B of the Introduction has a justification for a separate military justice system. They say there is a need for speedy trial–a need not necessarily reflected in the speed of investigations and trials–ask anyone who does trials on a regular basis. Part C.2., reflects the commander-centric need for a military justice decision-making process.

The DB is the school-solution, so defense counsel should read with care. Regardless, the DB is a good starting point for any research on a military justice matter.

Unfortunately, the Navy stopped publishing their materials online for the general public.