Court-martial meaning

kôrtmärshəl
A court of personnel in the armed forces for the trial of persons accused of breaking military law.
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A trial by a court-martial.
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A military or naval court of officers appointed by a commander to try persons for offenses under military law.
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A trial by such a military tribunal.
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To try by military tribunal.
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An ad hoc military court whose judges are commissioned officers of higher rank than, and of the same branch of the armed services as, the accused. This court is convened to try a member of the armed services who is accused of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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A conviction by a court-martial.
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To try by a court-martial.
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To convict by a court-martial.
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The highest military court, comprised of five officers (unless the defendant decides to be tried by only one judge) with jurisdiction to try all offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and to impose any sanction permitted by the code (including death).
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An intermediate military court, comprised of three officers (unless the defendant decides to be tried by only one judge) with jurisdiction to try all noncapital offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. However, the sanctions this court can prescribe may be no greater than a dismissal from the armed services or six months imprisonment.
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The lowest military court, comprised of one officer. The type of offenses this court can try and the sanctions it is allowed to impose are very limited. Furthermore, the accused may refuse trial by a summary court-martial, in which case he or she will be tried by a general or special court-martial.
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(law, military) A military court of law.
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(law, military) A trial before such a tribunal.
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To subject to trial in a military court.
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A court where cases of military law are heard.
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To bring court martial proceedings against someone.
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Origin of court-martial

  • From martial court

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary