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be  ordered  to  attend  the  hearing  if  the  officer imposing  NJP  desires  his  or  her  presence.  If the   accused   waives   his   or   her   personal appearance  and  NJP  is  imposed,  the  CO  must make   sure   the   accused   is   informed   of   the punishment  as  soon  as  possible. Hearing  Officer Normally,  the  officer  who  actually  holds the   NJP   hearing   is   the   CO   of   the   accused. COs  or  OICs  are  allowed  to  delegate  their authority to hold the hearing to another officer under  extraordinary  circumstances. These circumstances  must  be  unusual  and  significant rather   than   matters   of   convenience   to   the commander. This   delegation   of   authority should  be  in  writing  and  the  reasons  for  it detailed.   This   delegation,   however,   does   not include  the  authority  to  impose  punishment. At  such  a  hearing,  the  officer  delegated  to hold   the   hearing   will   receive   all   evidence, prepare   a   summarized   record   of   matters considered,  and  send  the  record  to  the  officer having  NJP  authority. Personal  Representative The  burden  of  getting  a  representative  is on  the  accused.  As  a  practical  matter,  the accused   is   free   to   choose   anyone   he   or   she wants-lawyer  or  a  nonlawyer,  an  officer  or  an enlisted  person.    This  freedom  of  the  accused to choose a representative does not compel the command   to   provide   lawyer   counsel,   and current  regulations  do  not  create  a  right  to lawyer  counsel  at  NJP  where  such  a  right exists  at  court-martial. Representation   by   any   lawyer   who   is willing  and  able  to  appear  at  the  hearing  is available   to   the   accused.   While   a   lawyer’s workload   may   prevent   the   lawyer   from appearing,  a  blanket  rule  that  no  lawyers  will be  available  to  appear  at  Article  15  hearings would  appear  to  contravene  the  spirit  if  not the  letter  of  the  law.  It  is  likewise  doubtful that  a  lawyer  can  lawfully  be  ordered  to represent the accused. It is fair to say that the accused  can  have  anyone  who  is  able  and willing  to  appear  on  his  or  her  behalf  without cost   to   the   government.   While   a   command does   not   have   to   provide   a   personal representative,  it  should  help  the  accused  get the   representative   he   or   she   wants.   In   this connection,  if  the  accused  desires  a  personal representative,  he  or  she  should  be  allowed  a reasonable   time   to   get   someone. Good judgment  should  be  observed  here,  for  such  a period  should  be  neither  too  short  nor  too long. Witnesses When   the   hearing   involves   controverted questions  of  fact  about  the  alleged  offenses, witnesses  should  be  available  to  testify  if  they are  present  on  the  same  ship  or  base  or  are otherwise  available  at  no  expense  to  the government.   Thus,   in   a   larceny   case,   if   the accused  denies  that  he  or  she  took  the  money, the  witnesses  who  can  testify  that  the  accused did  take  the  money  should  be  called  to  testify in  person  if  they  are  available  at  no  cost  to the  government.  It  should  be  noted,  however, that  no  authority  exists  to  subpoena  civilian witnesses  for  an  NJP  proceeding. Public Hearing The accused is entitled to have the hearing open  to  the  public  unless  the  CO  determines that  the  proceeding  should  be  closed  for  good cause.  The  CO  is  not  required  to  make  any special arrangements to facilitate public access to  the  proceedings. Publication of NJP Results Authority  to  publish  the  results  of  NJP  is granted  by  the  JAG  MAN,  section  0115.  You may   publish   the   name,   rate,   offense(s),   and disposition  of  the  offender  in  the  plan  of  the day  (POD).  Publish  the  results  not  later  than 1  month  after  the  imposition  of  NJP.  If  the NJP  is  appealed,  publish  the  results  not  later than  1  month  after  the  date  the  appeal  is denied.  If  the  POD  is  distributed  to  military 9-10

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