summary court-martial

Definition of "summary court-martial"
  1. A military court, composed of a single commissioned officer, that can issue penalties no greater than one month's confinement or the loss of two-thirds of a month's pay
How to use "summary court-martial" in a sentence
  1. The soldier was tried by a summary court-martial for violating protocol.
  2. Potential penalties from a summary court-martial are relatively minor compared to more severe cases.
  3. After a minor breach of discipline, a summary court-martial is often a sufficient form of recourse.

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