Nevada Military Affairs and Civil Emergencies
Investigation: Procedure; rights of accused; uncharged offenses.
No charge or specification may be referred to a general court-martial for trial until a thorough and impartial investigation of all the matters set forth therein has been made. This investigation shall include inquiry as to the truth of the matter set forth in the charges, consideration of the form of charges, and a recommendation as to the disposition which should be made of the case in the interest of justice and discipline.
The accused shall be advised of the charges against him or her and of his or her right to be represented at that investigation by counsel. Upon his or her own request he or she shall be represented by civilian counsel if provided by him or her, or military counsel of his or her own selection if such counsel is reasonably available, or by counsel detailed by the officer exercising general court-martial jurisdiction over the command. At that investigation full opportunity shall be given to the accused to cross-examine witnesses against him or her if they are available and to present anything he or she may desire in his or her own behalf, either in defense or mitigation, and the investigating officer shall examine available witnesses requested by the accused. If the charges are forwarded after the investigation, they shall be accompanied by a statement of the substance of the testimony taken on both sides and a copy thereof shall be given to the accused.
If an investigation of the subject matter of an offense has been conducted before the accused is charged with an offense, and if the accused was present at the investigation and afforded the opportunities for representation, cross-examination and presentation prescribed in subsection 2, no further investigation of that charge is necessary under this section unless it is demanded by the accused after he or she is informed of the charge. A demand for further investigation entitles the accused to recall witnesses for further cross-examination and to offer any new evidence in his or her own behalf.
If evidence adduced in an investigation under this section indicates that the accused committed an uncharged offense, the investigating officer may investigate the subject matter of that offense without the accused having first been charged with the offense if the accused is:
Present at the investigation;
Informed of the nature of each uncharged offense investigated; and
Afforded the opportunities for representation, cross-examination and presentation prescribed in subsection 2.
The requirements of this section are binding on all persons administering this Code but failure to follow them does not divest a military court of jurisdiction.