JAG stands for Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and we provide information regarding the defense and prosecution of disciplinary measures as provided in the Constitution of our community.
How Discipline Works
- See also: Constitution, Article VIII
If your commanding officer believes that you’ve done something Out Of Character which is grossly in violation of our community standards, you may be disciplined according to the Constitution. There are a number of different charges on which discipline may be levied, and you will find them listed in the Constitution article linked-to above.
In turn, your commanding officer will decide on the type of discipline to levy, also listed in the article linked-to above. These can range from a private letter of discipline, to expulsion from the group.
You will be notified by e-mail of the infraction you committed, and the discipline to be levied. Depending on the severity, your access to the group may be removed temporarily or permanently, dependent on what type of discipline was levied.
Disciplinary measures will be recorded on your permanent file with the group.
Appealing a Disciplinary Measure
If you believe the disciplinary measures levied against you to be unfair or inappropriate, you have the right to appeal.
If you do not command a vessel, your appeal will be handled by a Committee of the Captains Council. The process is as follows:
- You will need to file the Appeal Form.
- A representative of the Captains Council will e-mail you, and ask for appeal statement. Your appeal statement is a document containing whatever evidence you wish to present in your favor. For example, if you were disciplined for intentionally deceiving your Command Officer, you may wish to present evidence that shows why you believe this charge is false. In turn, the commanding officer who disciplined you will also have an opportunity to provide an Appeal Dossier, which is a document containing all of the evidence to support their charges and disciplinary measures.
- You will then receive a copy of the commanding officer’s Appeal Dossier. You will have the opportunity to review what evidence they wish to present against you, and in turn, you will be allowed to write a rebuttal to this information. Your Commanding Officer will also create a rebuttal to your initial appeal statement
- The discipline file, appeal statement, appeal dossier, and rebuttals will then be compiled into a “Summary Appeal Dossier” (SAD).
- Appeal Tribunal (AT) will be formed. It will consist of three to five members of the fleet (no more than 1/3 or 1/5 commanding officers, and no one from your vessel), and it will be facilitated by a member of the Captains Council. The AT will review the SAD, as well as the charges and disciplined levied. The AT will be directed to discuss this information and, within 10 days, use a poll to answer the following question: was the discipline valid? And, were the disciplinary measures appropriate?
- Once the Tribunal has completed their work, the representative of the Captains Council will review the outcome, prepare a report for the Captains Council (detailing all of the information provided so far, giving a summary of the AT discussion, and providing the exact details of the vote), and then make a recommendation on whether the Captains Council should, or should not follow the AT’s decision.
- Captains Council members then have 72 hours to object to the recommendation the representative submitted. If no objection is heard, the recommendation stands as-is, and appeal is closed.
No matter what the outcome, you will be notified upon the closure of the appeal as to the outcome. You will not be provided with the names of the officers on your AT, so please, do not request them.
If your discipline has been reduced or discarded, you will have the opportunity to move to a new vessel in the fleet, with a new commanding officer, or you may stay on your current vessel. The disciplining commanding officer has the right to refuse your continued service on their vessel, but this will not be seen as a disciplinary act.