Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 26-1026

Current through L. 2022, ch. 388
Section 26-1026 - Military judge of a general or special court-martial
A. A military judge shall be detailed to each general court-martial. Subject to rules of the adjutant general, a military judge may be detailed to any special court-martial. The adjutant general shall adopt rules providing for the manner in which military judges are detailed for the courts-martial and for the persons who are authorized to detail military judges for the courts-martial. The military judge shall preside over each open session of the court-martial to which the military judge has been detailed.
B. A military judge must be a member in good standing of the state bar of Arizona and a current or former member of the United States armed forces or the armed forces of this state who is appointed as a military judge by the governor after certification by the state judge advocate as having met the qualifications.
C. Before appointment by the governor, a prospective military judge shall submit a full set of fingerprints to the governor for the purpose of obtaining a state and federal criminal records check pursuant to section 41-1750 and Public Law 92-544. The department of public safety may exchange this fingerprint data with the federal bureau of investigation.
D. The military judge of a general court-martial shall be designated by the state judge advocate, or the state judge advocate's designee, for detail in accordance with rules adopted under subsection A of this section. Unless the court-martial was convened by the governor, neither the convening authority nor any member of the convening authority's staff shall prepare or review any report concerning the effectiveness, fitness or efficiency of the military judge detailed, which relates to the military judge's performance of duty as a military judge. A commissioned officer who is certified to be qualified for duty as a military judge of a general court-martial may perform duties of a judicial or nonjudicial nature other than those relating to the officer's primary duty as a military judge of a general court-martial if the duties are assigned to the officer by or with the approval of the state judge advocate or the state judge advocate's designee.
E. A person is not eligible to act as military judge in a case if the person is the accuser or a witness or has acted as an investigating officer or a counsel in the same case.
F. The military judge of a court-martial may not consult with the members of the court except in the presence of the accused, trial counsel and defense counsel, and the military judge may not vote with the members of the court.

A.R.S. § 26-1026

Amended by L. 2017, ch. 327,s. 3, eff. 8/9/2017.
Amended by L. 2014, ch. 143,s. 5, eff. 7/24/2014.