10 U.S. Code § 936 - Art. 136. Authority to administer oaths and to act as notary
(a) The following persons on active duty or performing inactive-duty training may administer oaths for the purposes of military administration, including military justice:
(5) All staff judge advocates and legal officers, and acting or assistant staff judge advocates and legal officers.
(b) The following persons on active duty or performing inactive-duty training may administer oaths necessary in the performance of their duties:
(1) The president, military judge, trial counsel, and assistant trial counsel for all general and special courts-martial.
Source(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 77; Pub. L. 86–589, July 5, 1960, 74 Stat. 329; Pub. L. 90–179, § 1(7),Dec. 8, 1967, 81 Stat. 546; Pub. L. 90–632, § 2(34),Oct. 24, 1968, 82 Stat. 1343; Pub. L. 98–209, § 2(f),Dec. 6, 1983, 97 Stat. 1393; Pub. L. 99–661, div. A, title VIII, § 804(c),Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3907; Pub. L. 100–456, div. A, title XII, § 1234(a)(1),Sept. 29, 1988, 102 Stat. 2059; Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title V, § 551(b),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1566; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title V, § 542,Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 114.)
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|50:732(c).||May 5, 1950, ch. 169, § 1 (Art. 136), 64 Stat. 143.|
In subsection (a), the word “may” is substituted for the words “shall have authority to”. The word “shall” before the words “have the general powers” is omitted as surplusage. The words “the continental limits” are omitted, since section 101 (1) of this title defines the United States to include the States and the District of Columbia.
In subsections (a) and (b), the words “in the armed forces” are omitted as surplusage.
In subsection (b), the word “may” is substituted for the words “shall have authority to”.
In subsection (c), the words “of any character” are omitted as surplusage. The word “may” is substituted for the word “shall”.
In subsection (d), the word “is” is substituted for the words “shall be”.
2008—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–181added subsec. (c).
1990—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–510, § 551(b)(1), struck out “, and have the general powers of a notary public and of a consul of the United States, in the performance of all notarial acts to be executed by members of any of the armed forces, wherever they may be, by persons serving with, employed by, or accompanying the armed forces outside the United States and outside Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands, and by other persons subject to this chapter outside of the United States” after “including military justice” in introductory provisions.
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 101–510, § 551(b)(2), struck out subsecs. (c) and (d) which read as follows:
“(c) No fee may be paid to or received by any person for the performance of any notarial act herein authorized.
“(d) The signature without seal of any such person acting as notary, together with the title of his office, is prima facie evidence of his authority.”
1988—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–456struck out “the Canal Zone,” before “Puerto Rico,”.
1986—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 99–661inserted “or performing inactive-duty training” after “active duty”.
1983—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 98–209, § 2(f)(1), struck out “of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps” after “All judge advocates”.
Subsec. (a)(2) to (7). Pub. L. 98–209, § 2(f)(2), struck out par. (2) which included law specialists among those persons authorized to administer oaths and to act as notaries under this section, and redesignated pars. (3) to (7) as (2) to (6), respectively.
1968—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 90–632substituted “military judge” for “law officer” in par. (1).
1967—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 90–179inserted references to judge advocates of the Navy and the Marine Corps.
1960—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 86–589permitted the administration of oaths and the performance of notarial acts for persons serving, employed by, or accompanying the armed forces outside the United States and outside the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
Effective Date of 1986 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 99–661effective the earlier of (1) the last day of the 120-day period beginning on Nov. 14, 1986; or (2) the date specified in an Executive order for such amendment to take effect, see section 808 ofPub. L. 99–661, set out as a note under section 802 of this title.
Effective Date of 1983 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 98–209effective first day of eighth calendar month beginning after Dec. 6, 1983, see section 12(a)(1) ofPub. L. 98–209, set out as a note under section 801 of this title.
Effective Date of 1968 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 90–632effective first day of tenth month following October 1968, see section 4 ofPub. L. 90–632, set out as a note under section 801 of this title.
Transfer of Functions
For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 468 (b), 551 (d), 552 (d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.