The Military Rules of Evidence (MRE) is a set of important rules published by the Department of Defense. These rules govern the admissibility (or inadmissibility) of certain types of evidence in courts-martial and, like many other parts of the military code, have been subject to updates and revisions through the years.
These rules are vast, with 11 sections and over 53 pages in the latest document. If you are facing a court-martial, you can leave most of this to your attorney, but there are some key areas of these rules that are worth understanding. Court-martial cases can hinge on things like your ability to suppress illegally obtained statements or evidence or simply being able to obtain the medical and mental health records necessary to support your case. The rules additionally cover the court’s procedures surrounding issues like hearsay, character evidence, and bias. The rules also offer certain rights and protections to those facing a court-martial, such as preventing the government from introducing allegations of uncharged misconduct as evidence.
Note that the Military Rules of Evidence apply only to court-martials or cases where a service member is tried by a military court. Military tribunals—special courts that try defendants from enemy forces—operate under completely different rules.
Military law has several key differences from civilian law. There are many aspects to it that can confuse a civilian attorney, let alone someone without any legal training. To achieve the most optimal results, it is ideal to contact an attorney who has deep experience and familiarity with military law specifically.
A military defense lawyer understands the rules of evidence applicable to your case under the Military Rules of Evidence (MRE) and the broader Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). While the MRE is largely based on the rules of evidence established for federal court, there are some notable changes specific to military situations. Many civilian attorneys are willing to offer services to military members, but because of these critical differences between the MRE and civilian law, it’s important to find a lawyer with military law experience when facing a court-martial.
A good military defense lawyer is up to date on any changes to the rules of evidence for both court-martials and federal court cases because federal rule changes can often affect the MRE. A good lawyer understands that both arms of our federal legal system are constantly evolving and knows how to adapt accordingly.
At Aaron Meyer Law, we have the experience and skills necessary to meet the challenge of a court-martial case, and we’re ready to put them to work for you. Contact us today to begin exploring your options and building a robust legal strategy.
With 11 sections across 50+ pages, and many rules having sub-rules and provisions of their own, the MRE is difficult to summarize. Instead, it is important to note a few key rules that are often invoked in a court-martial. Contact us for help if you’re facing a court-martial and have concerns about other parts of the MRE.
These rules work together in complex, interconnected ways to help ensure that all evidence and testimony presented in military court is reliable, relevant, and accurate. The skilled military law team at Aaron Meyer Law can help you formulate an aggressive legal strategy to use these rules to your advantage in a court-martial.
If you or a loved one are facing legal issues within the military justice system, you need someone who understands your situation. Assert your rights and protect your future with assistance from the experienced team at Aaron Meyer Law. With a deep understanding of the Military Rules of Evidence, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the complexities of court-martial cases, we can provide the guidance, strategies, and representation you need to achieve a great outcome.
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