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Coast Guard Trial Guide


Please find below the 2016 revision of the CG Trial Guide prepared and promulgated by the Chief Trial Judge. This version should be used for all courts-martial proceedings as of 1 June 2016 unless otherwise directed by the military judge.

The biggest change is the format, which is modified to align with the Military Judges Benchbook. Other substantive changes align the Trial Guide with current law. Please note that the Electronic Benchbook has not yet been updated.

Complete Coast Guard Trial Guide

Section I: Initial Session through Arraignment

Section II: Guilty Plea Inquiry

Section III: Judge Alone (Contested Findings)

Section IV: Judge Alone (Sentencing)

Section V: Court Members (Contested Findings)

Section VI: Court Members (Sentencing)

Section VII: Miscellaneous Procedural Guides

Other Trial References:

DuBay Hearing Procedure - Military Judge's benchbook Appendix J

Court-Member Question Form

Sample Findings Worksheet

Sample Sentencing Worksheets

Appellate Rights - Revised 2016

Download the full Electronic Benchbook from the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary site:

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Last Modified 7/13/2016