Definition of court-martial in US English:



  • A judicial court for trying members of the armed services accused of offenses against military law.

    ‘they appeared before a court-martial’
    ‘he was found guilty by court-martial’
    • ‘The Court found the courts martial in the United Kingdom, prior to reforms implemented in 1996, were inconsistent with Article 6's requirements of impartiality and independence.’
    • ‘They offered him an attorney and began a court martial proceeding against him and showed him the email that he had sent to me.’
    • ‘The US military has also announced the first court martial of one of the soldiers accused of involvement in the scandal.’
    • ‘Great care was taken to appoint officer judges who had not been tainted by training as army lawyers, and in general the courts martial achieved the aim of fast trials and fast executions.’
    • ‘The soldiers were subsequently tried by a regimental court martial and acquitted.’
    • ‘They will stand trial at a British court martial but is not yet know where it will take place.’
    • ‘He was brought to Dublin where a court martial found him guilty and sentenced him to death.’
    • ‘Crime in the army is dealt with by the courts martial system, which has the power to sentence a member of the forces to life imprisonment in a civilian jail.’
    • ‘The announcement of the impending courts martial, with at least seven army personnel facing war crimes charges, led to an outcry by senior military figures.’
    • ‘He is the first soldier in the case to face a contested court martial.’
    • ‘He faces a possible court martial and time in military prison for his action.’
    • ‘The guiding principle for the selection of members of a court martial is that they should be officers who are not under the command of the higher authority.’
    • ‘As the convening officer then, he appoints both the members of the court martial who are officers, as well as the judge advocate.’
    • ‘If so, it is expected they will face trial before a military court martial.’
    • ‘Any trial of civilians held by military authorities under martial law would not enjoy the status of a court martial.’
    • ‘That case concerned an officer's conviction by a court martial in India of an offence of grossly insubordinate conduct.’
    • ‘As this is not strictly a military organisation, I cannot hold a court martial, so I will banish the guilty parties in a fitting modern manner.’
    • ‘The preliminary hearing will determine whether or not they will face a military court martial.’
    • ‘After the war powerful voices were raised on North's behalf but the Admiralty refused him a court martial or a public enquiry.’
    • ‘In fact, in Norway it used to be a court martial offence to get frostbite.’
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[with object]
  • Try (someone) by a court-martial.

    • ‘I joined the mutiny, for which I was court-martialed.’
    • ‘He was then court-martialled for stealing the F - 5.’
    • ‘In a celebrated case in the USA in the late 1960s, a US army doctor was court-martialled for refusing to provide medical training for special forces.’
    • ‘He was court-martialled but escaped with a reprimand.’
    • ‘He was court-martialed for insubordination, but his point was made.’
    • ‘He was court-martialed for refusing to obey an order and received a bad-conduct discharge from the Army in 1995.’
    • ‘He was court-martialled in 1925.’
    • ‘Upon his return, he was court-martialed under charges of treason.’
    • ‘He was court-martialled for ‘unreliable conduct’.’
    • ‘He was court-martialled in a military hospital in Dublin.’
    • ‘Some 306 British troops were court-martialled and shot by their own comrades for ‘offences’ including cowardice, desertion and falling asleep at their posts in the trenches during the war.’
    • ‘He was not court-martialed, but he is leaving the service, his first prime time interview.’
    • ‘By then it was wartime, however; he was court-martialed and left the army.’
    • ‘In any case, the current incumbent reveals that he was nearly court-martialled in 1965 on disciplinary grounds.’
    • ‘He was court-martialed and imprisoned for two years in the 1950s for slugging a naval officer.’
    • ‘Several U.S. officers were court-martialed for their ruthlessness during this final campaign.’
    • ‘No one was injured but her captain was court-martialled and found negligent.’
    • ‘Reluctance even to use the term mutiny has resulted in troops being court-martialed, if at all, for lesser offenses.’
    • ‘On 12 April 1782, after a French defeat off Martinique, he was court-martialled.’
    • ‘This was enforced by interrupting transmissions and even arresting and court-martialing reporters.’