There is established within the Oregon Military Department the Armed Forces Court of Appeals for Oregon.
The court shall have exclusive jurisdiction over appeals properly brought under this chapter, the Oregon Code of Military Justice and ORS chapters 396 and 399.
The Adjutant General shall appoint three persons who shall serve as judges on the court. The persons appointed shall serve without compensation.
One person shall be Chief Judge and two persons shall be Associate Judges. The Chief Judge shall be selected by the three judges. The selection shall be subject to the approval of the Adjutant General.
(a) Appointments shall be for a term of six years, except that the initial appointments of the judges shall be for the following terms:
One judge shall serve a two-year term.
One judge shall serve a four-year term.
One judge shall serve a six-year term.
The term of office of any successor judges shall be six years, but any judge appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the judge’s predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the unexpired term of the predecessor.
Any person appointed to a full or partial term on the court, unless otherwise disqualified, shall be eligible for reappointment.
A person is eligible for appointment to the court if the person:
Is a member of the Oregon State Bar and admitted to practice before the highest court of this state;
Is a former commissioned officer of the Armed Forces of the United States or the reserve components, or is a former or current member of the Oregon Civil Defense Force; and
Has at least:
Five years’ experience as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps; or
Fifteen years’ experience in the Judge Advocate Branch of the Oregon Civil Defense Force.
Judges of the court may be removed by the Adjutant General, upon notice and hearing, for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office or for mental or physical disability, but for no other cause.
If a judge of the court is temporarily unable to perform the judge’s duties due to mental or physical disability, the Adjutant General may designate another person eligible for appointment to the court to fill the office for the period of disability.
The Oregon Military Department shall be responsible for reimbursement and funding of all usual travel and per diem expenses of the judges.
The Adjutant General shall issue regulations to govern appellate procedure before the court. The regulations shall be substantially similar to the provisions for post-trial procedure and review of courts-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. 801 et seq.
A party aggrieved by a decision of the Armed Forces Court of Appeals for Oregon may petition the Supreme Court of this state for review within 35 days after the date of the decision, in the manner provided by rules of the Supreme Court.
As used in this section, “component” includes the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard and the Oregon Civil Defense Force. [2005 c.512 §29; 2009 c.345 §2; 2013 c.81 §19; 2017 c.472 §7]_______________