summary court-martialsummary court-martial
the least formal military court, consisting of one officer, for judging minor offenses
nounpl. summary courts-martial
- An expedited procedure used by a military authority to try a military officer or soldier for an infraction of military rules or laws, especially in a situation where a more formal process is not possible.
- In the United States, a simplified form of court martial, used to try an officer accused of a relatively minor military offense.