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The Criminal Law Department presents core instruction to the JAGC Officer Basic and Graduate Courses in diverse subjects such as evidence, crimes and defenses, self-incrimination, sixth amendment, discovery, jurisdiction, mental responsibility, pretrial restraint and speedy trial, search and seizure, capital litigation, pleas and pretrial agreements, improper relationships and fraternization, sentencing, unlawful command influence, professional responsibility, and post-trial procedures and appeals.  The department also provides instruction to Reserve Component Judge Advocates attending the two-week in-resident Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course (JAOAC), as senior officers attending the General Officer Legal Orientation (GOLO) and Senior Officer Legal Orientation (SOLO) Courses, as well as non-resident off-site instruction.

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4.5 Days. Capacity: ??? Students. Offered ??? Times Annually. Next Offering: 12 - 16 September 2016.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to judge advocates currently serving or who have previously served as SVCs. This course is by invitation only. This course strategically focuses the skills taught to the Special Victim Counsel (SVC) course to prepare counsel for representation of child victims.

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4.5 Days. Capacity: ??? Students. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: 23 - 27 January 2017.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to Judge Advocates selected to become SVCs. Pursuant to TJAG Sends (dated 1 Nov 13), if at all practicable, selected SVCs should have trial experience. Attendance is authorized, if seats are available, for paralegals servings in military justice or legal assistance positions in support of SVCs. Security clearance required: None. Attendance at the course is by INVITATION ONLY.

Scope: This course prepares judge advocates to effectively serve as Special Victim's Counsel (SVC) when appointed. Completion of the course is a prerequisite to performing SVC duties. Core instruction provides a program and policy overview before focusing on the roles, relationships, and professional responsibilities of SVCs throughout sexual assault cases, to include post-trial matters. Special emphasis is placed upon substantive military law directly related to Special Victim crimes as well as instruction on victim behavior, services, and medical issues. Guest lecturers discuss victim sensitive interviewing and counseling techniques while judge advocates who have served in both TC and DC capacities, SVP's and experienced SVC's offer practical insight into the SVC Program (SVCP). Participation in practical scenario-driven exercises is a substantial portion of the course.

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4.5 Days. Capacity: ??? Students. Offered ??? Times Annually. Next Offering: 12 - 16 September 2016.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to judge advocates currently serving or who have previously served as SVCs. This course is by invitation only. This course strategically focuses the skills taught to the Special Victim Counsel (SVC) course to prepare counsel for representation of child victims.

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2 Weeks. Capacity: ??? Students. Offered Two Times Annually. Next Offering: 30 January - 10 February 2017.

Prerequisites: This course is by INVITATION ONLY for Army personnel and limited to Judge Advocates certified as counsel under Article 27(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Attendees should currently be serving as trial counsel or defense counsel, and should have completed the New Prosecutor Course or Defense Counsel 101 Course prior to attending.

Scope: This course is offered twice a year, in November and February, and presents intensive intermediate trial skills instruction and practical exercises covering issues regarding courts-martial, from case analysis through presentencing argument. The goal of enhancing trial skills to bring the officer to the level of lead counsel in contested court martial proceedings is achieved via extensive discussion and presentation workshops utilizing individualized faculty feedback. The following areas are addressed: trial procedure from investigation through courts martial; developing successful trial advocacy strategies; adhering to rules of professional responsibility; and topical aspects of current military law, with particular emphasis on the military rules of evidence.

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4.5 Days. Capacity: ??? Students. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: 21 - 25 August 2017.

Prerequisites: Students attending in Judge Advocate / Paralegal teams supervising various aspects of the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial process at the general court-martial convening authority level (such as Chiefs of Military Justice or Criminal Law and their Noncommissioned Officers-in-Charge) have priority for attendance. Other appropriate attendees include personnel who currently serve or are scheduled to serve as military justice managers, including judge advocates, warrant officers, senior Paralegal NCOs, and civilian Paralegals from all services. Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.

Scope: This course provides legal teams charged with administering military justice management systems with information and practical tips regarding pretrial, trial, and post-trial procedures. This course is specifically designed for military justice teams that include chiefs of military justice, paralegals, and warrant officers involved in military justice management. Topics include: Military Justice On-line (MJO); required reports; pretrial case evaluation and management through referral; Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program; discovery and production, pretrial negotiations and preparation; and proper post-trial processing.

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3 Weeks. Capacity: ??? Students. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: 17 April - 5 May 2017.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to Judge Advocates who are military judges or about to begin assignments as military judges. Army officers are selected for attendance by the Chief Trial Judge, US Army Judiciary. Students from other services are nominated by the Chiefs of their respective service judiciaries. Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.

Scope: Provides military attorneys with advanced schooling required to qualify as full-time military judges at courts-martial. Topics covered include the following: substantive military criminal law; trial procedures; defenses; instructions; evidence; current military judicial issues; and professional responsibility.

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