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IRO Hearings

Pursuant to Rules for Courts-Martial (RCM), a Commanding Officer/General may direct a service member under his charge into pre-trial confinement. When this mandate occurs, an Initial Review Officer’s hearing (IRO) must be held within seven days of the beginning of confinement to determine whether there is probable cause to believe the service member committed the alleged crime, and whether reasonable grounds exist that require further confinement. It is important to note that when a service member is placed in pre-trial confinement, he or she retains the absolute right to civilian military counsel, as well as to request a detailed military counsel.

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