Judge Advocate General of Starfleet

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Judge Advocate General of Starfleet
Basic information
Official Workplace:

Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Formation:

2161

incumbent:

Major General Paul Potter

Incumbent Since:

October 20th, 2412

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The Judge Advocate General of the Starfleet (JAG) is the highest ranking uniformed lawyer in the Starfleet. The Judge Advocate General is the principal adviser to the Commander of Starfleet and the Chief of Staff of Starfleet on legal matters pertaining to the Starfleet and the Starfleet Marine Corps. The Judge Advocate General also performs other duties prescribed to him under Federation Charter and those prescribed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Duties

The Judge Advocate General of the Starfleet commands the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG) and is the Chief of the Judge Advocate General's Corps of Starfleet. The Judge Advocate General:

  • provides or supervises the provision of all legal advice and related services throughout the Department of the Navy, except for the advice and services provided by the General Counsel of Starfleet;
  • performs the functions required or authorized by law;
  • provides legal and policy advice to the Commander of Starfleet on military justice, administrative law, claims, operational and inter-galactic law, and litigation involving these issues, and;
  • acts on other matters as directed by the Commander of Starfleet.

The Judge Advocate General maintains a close working relationship with the General Counsel of the Office of the President, the senior civilian lawyer in the Federation.

Nomination and appointment

The Judge Advocate General is nominated for appointment by the President with the advice and/or suggestion of the Commander, Starfleet and the Chief of Staff of Starfleet, and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Admiralty Board of Starfleet.

Since the office has been created in Starfleet the Judge Advocate General is appointed to a four year term of office. The Judge Advocate General has also historically been a Starfleet officer, however, statute states that a Marine officer can be appointed to the position as long as they meet the requirements stated in the section.

This appointment comes with a billet promotion to the rank of Major General or Rear Admiral, as such when an officer retires from this billet they are allowed to keep their post. However, an officer resigns is demoted back to the rank of Colonel or Captain.