Nevada Military Affairs and Civil Emergencies
Sec. § 412.422
Reporting of findings and sentence to convening authority; submission of matters for consideration by accused; modification of findings and sentence by convening authority; action on sentence; proceeding in revision or rehearing; initial review by convening authority; review of record and opinion by State Judge Advocate.


1.

The findings and sentence of a court-martial must be reported promptly to the convening authority after the announcement of the sentence.

2.

The accused may submit to the convening authority matters for consideration by the convening authority with respect to the findings and the sentence. Any such submission must be in writing. Except in a summary court-martial case, such a submission must be made within 10 days after the accused has been given an authenticated record of trial under subsection 4 and, if applicable, the recommendation of a judge advocate. In a summary court-martial case, such a submission must be made within 7 days after the sentence is announced.

3.

If the accused shows that additional time is required for the accused to submit such matters, the convening authority or other person taking action under this section, for good cause, may extend the applicable period under subsection 2 for not more than an additional 20 days.

4.

In a summary court-martial case, the accused must be promptly provided a copy of the record of trial for use in preparing a submission authorized by subsection 2.

5.

The accused may waive the right to make a submission to the convening authority under subsection 2. Such a waiver must be made in writing and may not be revoked. For the purposes of subsection 7, the time within which the accused may make a submission pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to have expired upon the submission of such a waiver to the convening authority.

6.

The convening authority has sole discretion to modify the findings and sentence of a court-martial pursuant to this section. If it is impractical for the convening authority to act, the convening authority shall forward the case to a person exercising general court-martial jurisdiction who may take action under this section.

7.

Action on the sentence of a court-martial must be taken by the convening authority or by another person authorized to act under this section. The convening authority or other person authorized to take such action may do so only after consideration of any matters submitted by the accused pursuant to subsection 2 or after the time for submitting such matters expires, whichever is earlier. The convening authority or other person taking such action may approve, disapprove, commute or suspend the sentence in whole or in part.

8.

The convening authority or other person authorized to act on the sentence of a court-martial may, in the persons sole discretion:

(a)

Dismiss any charge or specifications by setting aside a finding of guilty;

(b)

Change a finding of guilty on a charge or specification to a finding of guilty on an offense that is a lesser included offense of the offense stated in the charge or specification; or

(c)

Refrain from taking any such action.

9.

Before acting under this section on any general or special court-martial case in which there is a finding of guilt, the convening authority or other person taking action under this section shall obtain and consider the written recommendation of a judge advocate. The convening authority or other person taking action under this section shall refer the record of trial to the judge advocate, and the judge advocate shall use such record in the preparation of the recommendation. The recommendation of the judge advocate must include such matters as may be prescribed by regulation and must be served on the accused, who may submit any matter in response pursuant to subsection 2. By failing to object in the response to the recommendation or to any matter attached to the recommendation, the accused waives the right to object thereto.

10.

The convening authority or other person taking action under this section, in the persons sole discretion, may order a proceeding in revision or a rehearing if there is an apparent error or omission in the record or if the record shows improper or inconsistent action by a court-martial with respect to findings or sentence that can be rectified without material prejudice to the substantial rights of the accused. In no case, however, may a proceeding in revision:

(a)

Reconsider a finding of not guilty of any specification or a ruling which amounts to a finding of not guilty;

(b)

Reconsider a finding of not guilty of any charge, unless there has been a finding of guilty under a specification laid under that charge, which sufficiently alleges a violation of some article of this Code; or

(c)

Increase the severity of the sentence unless the sentence prescribed for the offense is mandatory.

11.

The convening authority or other person taking action under this section may order a rehearing if that person disapproves the findings and sentences and states the reasons for disapproval of the findings. If such person disapproves the findings and sentence and does not order a rehearing, that person shall dismiss the charges. The convening authority or other person taking action under this subsection may not order a rehearing as to the findings where there is a lack of sufficient evidence in the record to support the findings. The convening authority or other person taking action under this subsection may order a rehearing as to the sentence if that person disapproves the sentence.

12.

After a trial by court-martial the record shall be forwarded to the convening authority, as reviewing authority, and action thereon may be taken by the person who convened the court, a commissioned officer commanding for the time being, a successor in command or by the Governor.

13.

The convening authority shall refer the record of each general court-martial to the State Judge Advocate, who shall submit his or her written opinion thereon to the convening authority. If the final action of the court has resulted in an acquittal of all charges and specifications, the opinion must be limited to questions of jurisdiction.
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