court-martial


1court–mar·tial

noun \ˈkrt-ˌmär-shəl, -ˈmär-\

: a military court : a court for people in the military who are accused of breaking military law

: a trial in a military court

plural courts–martial also court–martials

Full Definition of COURT-MARTIAL

1
:  a court consisting of commissioned officers and in some instances enlisted personnel for the trial of members of the armed forces or others within its jurisdiction
2
:  a trial by court-martial

First Known Use of COURT-MARTIAL

1651

2court–martial

transitive verb

: to present evidence against (someone) in a military court : to put (someone) on trial in a military court

–mar·tialed also –mar·tialled–mar·tial·ing also –mar·tial·ling \-ˌmär-sh(ə-)liŋ, -ˈmär-\

Full Definition of COURT-MARTIAL

:  to subject to trial by court-martial

First Known Use of COURT-MARTIAL

1833

court-martial

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Military court for hearing charges brought against members of the armed forces or others within its jurisdiction; also, the legal proceeding of such a court. Most countries today have military codes of justice administered by military courts, often subject to civilian appellate review. Courts-martial are generally convened as ad hoc courts to try one or more cases referred by some high military authority. The convening officer chooses officers, and sometimes enlisted personnel, from his or her command to sit on the court, determine guilt or innocence, and hand down sentences. See also military law.

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