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Court Rules Research Guide: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Court rules govern the procedures of a court and how matters before a court are handled and processed. This guide identifies resources for locating court rules.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces on active duty and those subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Five civilian judges appointed for 15-year terms by the President comprise the court. The court's cases address legal issues such as constitutional law, criminal law, ethics, administrative law and national security law.  Decisions by the court are subject to review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court has a significant impact on discipline in the armed forces, military readiness, and the rights of service members.  A brochure about the court is available online.

The court has issued Rules of Practice and Procedure.


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