(2) reduce the punishment, and (3) designate an
appropriate place of confinement, if necessary.
The offender must be notified, in writing, of the
holding and the punishment and of the CAs action.
To be effective, the punishment adjudged for
contempt must be approved by the CA.
CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION
A certificate of correction is a document that
corrects an error or omission so the record of trial will
reflect what actually occurred at the trial. Keep in
mind if the error or omission actually occurred at the
trial, the record is correct as it stands and a certificate
of correction must not be used.
The following is the normal course of action
taken when a certificate of correction is necessary:
1. The CA returns the record to the military
judge, president, or SCM, as appropriate, with a
memorandum indicating the defects to be corrected
and directing that a certificate be prepared.
2. The TC prepares the certificate. No erasures,
additions, deletions, or other physical corrections are
made in the record. The certificate is authenticated in
the same manner as the record of trial. A copy must
be served on the accused who must receipt for it. The
receipt is attached to the original record. The
certificate of correction is included in the original
record immediately following the authentication
Lieutenant John A. Doe, U.S. Navy
in the trial of the United States v. Very C. Pistol, Fireman, U.S. Navy, tried by Special
Court-Martial convened by the Commanding Officer, USS DWIGHT D.
EISENHOWER (CVN 69) on board USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER at sea, on
7 June 19CY.
The contempt proceedings commenced at 1920 hours, 7 June 19CY.
(Here follows a verbatim transcript of the contempt proceedings.)
The contempt proceeding ended at 1941 hours, 7 June 19CY, and the court then proceeded
with the trial of Fireman Very C. Pistol, U.S. Navy.
AUTHENTICATION OF CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS
(Military Judge or President)
Figure 3-3.-Sample format for contempt proceedings.