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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 119 / Monday, June 22, 2015 / Presidential Documents 35797 consistent with subsection (f) of this rule. For the purposes of this rule, "matters in mitigation;' are defined as matters that may serve to explain the circumstances surrounding a charged offense. Both counsel for the government and defense shall be afforded an opportunity to crossexamine adverse witnesses. The preliminary hearing officer may also question witnesses called by the parties. If the preliminary hearing officer determines that additional evidence is necessary to satisfy the requirements of subsection (e) of this rule, the preliminary hearing officer may provide the parties an oppo~ity to present additional testimony or evidence relevant to the limited scope and purpose of the preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing officer shall not consider evidence not presented at the preliminary hearing: The preliminary hearing officer shall not call witnesses sua sponte. (2) Notice to and presence of the victim(s). (A) The victim(s) of an offense under the UCMJ has the right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of a preliminary hearing relating to the alleged offense and the reasonable right to confer with counsel for the governmerit. For the purposes of this rule, a "victim" is a person who is alleged to 'have suffered a direct physical, emotional, or pecuniary harm as a result of the matters set forth in a charge or specification under consideration and is named in oneĀ· of the specifications under consideration. (B) A victim of an offense under consideration at the preliminary hearing is not required to testify at the preliminary hearing. (C) A victim has the right not to be excluded from any portion of a preliminary hearing . related to the alleged offense, unless the preliminary hearing officer, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines the testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Jun 19, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JNE0.SGM 22JNE0 ED22JN15.037</GPH> tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with E0 victim heard other testimony at the proceeding. 35798 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 119 / Monday, June 22, 2015 / Presidential Documents (D) A victim shall be excluded if a privilege set forth in MiL R. Evid. 505 or 506 is invoked or if evidence is offered under Mil. R. Evid. 412, 513, or 514, for charges other than those in which the victim is named. (3) Presentation of evidence. (A) Testimony. Witness testimony may be provided in person, by video teleconference, by telephone, or by similar means of remote testimony. All testimony shall be taken under oath, except that the accused may make an unsworn statement. The preliminary hearing officer shall only consider testimony that is relevant to the limited scope and purpose of the preliminary hearing. (B) Other evidence. If relevant to the limited scope and purpose of the preliminary hearing, and not cumulative, a preliminary hearing officer may consider other evidence, in addition to or in lieu of witness testimony, including statements, tangible evidence, or reproductions thereof, offered by either side, that the preliminary hearing officer determines is reliable. This other evidence need not be sworn. (4) Access by spectators. Preliminary hearings are public proceedings and should remain open to the public whenever possible. The convening authority who directed the preliminary hearing or the preliminary hearing officer may restrict or foreclose access by spectators to all or part of the proceedings if an overriding in.terest exists that outweighs the value of an open preliminary hearing. Examples of overriding interests may include: preventing psychological harm or trauma to a child witness or an alleged victim of a sexual crime, protecting the safety or privacy of a witness or alleged victim, protecting classified material, and receiving evidence where a witness is incapable of testifying in an open setting. Any closure must be narrowly tailored to achieve the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Jun 19, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JNE0.SGM 22JNE0 ED22JN15.038</GPH> tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with E0 overriding interest that justified the closure. Convening authorittes or preliminary hearing

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 119 (Monday, June 22, 2015)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 35797-35798]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: X15-150622]


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