WESTERN JUDICAL CIRCUIT
Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary
The Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary is a unified trial judiciary composed of active duty and reserve military judges (and their support personnel) of the Navy and the Marine Corps who preside over courts-martial conducted worldwide. In doing so, we provide crucial support to commanders in ensuring the maintenance of good order and discipline within our operating forces, while always guaranteeing due process and fundamental fairness for every court-martial accused. Our duty and highest calling is to ensure the complete and absolute professionalism, fairness, and integrity of our military justice system.
Western Judicial Circuit
The Western Judicial Circuit (WJC) currently has four (4) active duty Navy and Marine Corps military judges and is one of ten trial circuits that make up the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. The WJC is headed by the Circuit Military Judge who is located at Camp Pendleton, CA and is responsible to the Chief Trial Judge of the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary for docketing and detailing military judges to preside over courts-martial arising within the WJC area of responsibility.
The Circuit Military Judge has delegated to the Docketing Judge, subject to review, the authority to docket all Navy and Marine Corps courts-martial convened within the WJC. Accordingly, the Docketing Judge and the Clerk of Court for the WJC are the administrative points of contact for all cases arising within the WJC. The Docketing Judge and the Clerk of Court for the WJC are located at Camp Pendleton, CA, and may be reached at the following:
Western Judicial Circuit:
ATTN: Docketing Judge and/or Clerk of Court
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5023
Phone (760) 725-6273
Fax (760) 725-6339
All counsel, military and civilian, appearing before courts-martial within the WJC are required to follow: the Uniform Rules of Practice Before Navy and Marine Corps Courts-Martial (Uniform Rules); the WJC Rules of Court (WJC Circuit Rules); and, JAGINST 5803.1E (Professional Conduct of Attorneys Practicing Under the Cognizance and Supervision of the Judge Advocate General). Civilian counsel are required to file a notice of appearance immediately after being retained. A Notice of Appearance may be downloaded here and faxed to the Clerk of Court for the WJC.
The weekly docket promulgates the next week's court schedule for the WJC. In the normal course of docketing, every Friday the Trial Services Offices (TSOs) that practice within the WJC submit their docket requests to the Circuit Military Judge, via the Docketing Judge and the Clerk of Court, for consolidation, review, and approval. The Circuit Military Judge, in his discretion, details specific military judges to specific cases.
Once approved, the consolidated WJC docket is normally published every Monday for the following week's court schedule. Once the WJC docket is published, changes may be made only with the approval of the Circuit Military Judge, the Docketing Judge, or the military judge assigned to a specific case.
Public or media inquiries pertaining to a case should be directed to the appropriate Communication Strategy & Operations Office (COMMSTRAT) or Public Affairs Office (PAO) listed below:
• MCI-West/MCB Camp Pendleton: (760) 763-2760 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• I Marine Expeditionary Force: (760) 763-7047 - email: email@example.com
• 1st Marine Division: (760) 725-1129/5528 - email: 1stMarDiv_CommstratSupport@usmc.mil
• 1st Marine Logistics Group (760) 763-0755
• 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (858) 577-7843 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• MCRD, San Diego: (619) 524-8724/8720
• MCAS, Miramar: (858) 577-6000
• MCAGCC, Twenty Nine Palms: (760) 830-3760
• MCAS, Yuma: (928) 269-3612/2275
• Naval Base San Diego: (619) 532-1430 or (619) 556-7359
• Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton: (360) 627-4031/4030
Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary
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