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JAG Handbook on National Security Litigation

The legal issues and security procedures involved in litigating national security cases are introduced in a handbook (pdf) published by the Navy Judge Advocate General.

“National Security Cases and cases involving classified information are inherently complex because they impose strict security, reporting, coordination, and approval requirements on top of the necessities of investigating, trying, defending, or adjudicating charges.”

“Some offenses are capital and often are ‘high visibility’ cases overseen by the media, senior government officials, and Congress.”

The JAG handbook “contains information and guidance on the preparation, prosecution, defense, and adjudication of such cases.”

See “The Judge Advocate’s Handbook For Litigating National Security Cases,” Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Navy, n.d. (2002).

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