26103426-1034. Advice of staff judge advocate; reference for trial
A. Before directing the trial of any charge by general court martial, the convening authority shall refer it to the staff judge advocate for consideration and advice. The convening authority shall not refer a specification under a charge to a general court martial for trial unless he has been advised of all of the following in writing by the staff judge advocate:
1. The specification alleges an offense in this chapter.
2. The specification is warranted by the evidence indicated in the investigation and allied papers provided under section 26 1033.
3. A court martial would have jurisdiction over the accused and the offense.
B. The advice of the staff judge advocate under subsection A of this section with respect to a specification under a charge shall include a written and signed statement by the staff judge advocate expressing his conclusions with respect to each matter set forth in subsection A of this section and recommending action that the convening authority take regarding the specification. If the specification is referred for trial, the recommendation of the staff judge advocate shall accompany the specification.
C. If the charges or specifications are not formally correct or do not conform to the substance of the evidence contained in the report of the investigating officer, formal corrections and such changes in the charges and specifications as are needed to make them conform to the evidence may be made. 261034