Prosecution is a Team-Sport. Local prosecutors, known as “trial counsel” have a number of enlisted paralegals, legalmen, or clerks that work for them. In addition to the “trial counsel”, in the Army there are also brigade judge advocates (now exclusively O-4s) who provide assistance in prosecution. In all branches, nearly every jurisdiction also has a “senior trial counsel” who assists the “trial counsel” in prosecuting. Beyond the “senior trial counsel” is the “chief of military justice” or “military justice officer”, usually an O-4 who is the senior prosecutor for the command. Often “chiefs of justice” are steadily supervised by the “deputy staff judge advocate”, who is most often an O-5. The Army has created a new position known as the Special Victim Prosecutor (SVP) as a response to negative attention sexual assault has had from Congress and the media. The Air Force created a number of “senior trial counsel” positions and serve as the Army-equivalent of Special Victim Prosecutors. Although the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have not adopted the same program, they are increasing the training budgets and have created additional billets for senior prosecutors. The Marine Corps has even created a regional trial counsel position to provide additional expertise and supervision for prosecuting attorneys. The budget for sexual assault prosecution is seemingly limitless; the military is going to great lengths to appease the concerns of Congress that the military takes seriously the “epidemic” of sexual assault.
Being a former service member herself and working exclusively on military cases, Ms. Stewart has amassed experience to help in the following areas of the UCMJ:
When faced with the decision of hiring a UCMJ specialist, Ms. Stewart’s former clients explain all that is necessary about her commitment to their case and her expertise in handling the toughest legal battles. Learn more about her unique abilities in the words of her clients, peers, and military judges.