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A 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 and one other 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 the findings and 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.


The Court is currently constituted as follows:
Chief Judge Lane I. McClelland
Judge John F. Havranek
Judge Brian M. Judge
Judge Kurt J. Brubaker
Judge Scott C. Herman

Judge Steven C. Mannion
Judge Herbert Claiborne Pell

Clerk of the Court: Sarah P. Valdes
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The Courtroom, Clerk of the Court’s Office, and Chambers of the Chief Judge are located at:

1254 Charles Morris St. SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374
202-685-7696 (Phone)