By the numbers 2022
Update: The number of Article 15s has dropped significantly as well. 150,00 in FY90, 80,000 in FY00, and 36,000 in FY22.
The JSC has published the joint report to Congress under UCMJ art. 140a.
Courts-martial numbers continued their slide downward in FY22. In total the services completed 1,179 general and special courts. That is down from 1361 in FY21 and 1542 in FY19. For more historical perspective in FY15, the total was 1940, FY00 it was 4824 and FY90 was 9907. In FY60 the services completed 40,810 generals and specials.
These rough and broad numbers were prepared for us by a colleague well familiar with the reports over the years. The numbers lead to some troubling questions or thoughts.
You can see our earlier stabs at numbers here.
A Navy TC
The numbers are nothing short of staggering. Very little opportunity to try any cases in the Navy, much less a member's trial. The precipitous decline in cases should give every practitioner pause on the reasons why.
Perhaps there are simply too many judges and too many lawyers.
Until you account for sep boards, none of the above will make any sense. (And yes, it’s almost impossible for an outside observer to fathom that prosecutors and defense attorneys are spending the majority of their time on employment matters.)
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