What Are “Covered Offenses” Under the UCMJ?

Starting on December 28, 2023, military commanders are required to report all allegations of “covered” offenses to the Office of the Special Trial Counsel. The OSTC holds exclusive authority to determine whether a reported offense falls under the category of covered offenses. Additionally, the OSTC may also exercise its authority over related offenses, offenses alleged […]

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Office of the Special Trial Counsel

On 27 December 2023, each branch of the military officially stood up their Office of the Special Trial Counsel (OSTC). These offices are made up of specially trained JAGs with exclusive authority over “covered” offenses.  Covered offenses are primarily personal violence offenses specifically including sexual assault. The OSTC for each service is responsible for prosecuting […]

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