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Court of Criminal Appeals

    The Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals, established under Article 66, UCMJ, by the Judge Advocate General is composed of the Chief Judge and not less than two additional appellate military judges. The judges may be commissioned officers or civilians. The Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals is composed of several appellate judges organized in panels of three for consideration of referred cases. All but the Chief Judge have other primary duties, so that their service on the Court constitutes a collateral duty. In general, the Court reviews and acts on the records by affirming, reversing, or modifying in part the findings or sentence in each case of trial by court-martial in which the sentence, as approved, extends to death; dismissal of a commissioned officer or cadet; dishonorable discharge; bad conduct discharge; or confinement of one year or more. The Court also reviews other courts-martial with lesser sentences if the Judge Advocate General so directs. Also reviewed by the Court are petitions for extraordinary writs, petitions for new trial which have been referred to the Court, and appeals by the United States under Article 62, UCMJ.

Courts of Criminal Appeals Rules of Practice and Procedures

US Coast Guard CCA Internal Rules of Practice and Procedures


Opinions of the Court

The Court is currently constituted as follows:
Chief Judge Lane I. McClelland
Judge John F. Havranek
Judge Kathleen A. Duignan
Judge Andrew J. Norris
Judge Sean P. Gill
Judge John S. Luce
Judge Peter J. Clemens
Judge Amy Kovac
Judge Benes Z. Aldana
Judge Laurina M. Spolidoro
Judge Robert W. Bruce
Clerks of the Court: Sarah P. Valdes, Shelia R. O'Reilly and DuJuan E. Brown
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The Courtroom, Clerk of the Court’s Office, and Chambers of the Chief Judge are located at:

4200 Wilson Blvd.,
Suite 790, STOP 7160
Arlington, VA 20598-7160
703-872-6906 (Phone)
703-872-6907 (Fax)


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