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Captain Phillipa Louvois

Captain Phillipa Louvois
Gender: Female
Species: Human
Affiliation: Starfleet
Rank: Captain
Occupation: Officer Judge Advocate General
Status: Alive (2365)
Played by: Amanda McBroom

Captain Phillipa Louvois was a 24th century Starfleet officer. She headed the twenty-third sector office of the Judge Advocate General, which oversees Starfleet's legal system.

In 2355, she was the prosecutor in the court martial of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Picard had been charged in connection the loss of the USS Stargazer, which Louvois relentlessly prosecuted. Picard was later absolved of all charges, but his relationship with Louvois remained strained after the court-martial.

Shortly after the Stargazer court-martial, she resigned from Starfleet, but returned subsequently.

By 2365, she was the newly-appointed commander of the Judge Advocate General office for Sector 23. Her JAG office was stationed at Starbase 173, near the Romulan Neutral Zone.

One of her first duties in her new command was entering a ruling on the rights of android Lieutenant Commander Data. Louvois based her preliminary ruling on the Acts of Cumberland, and ordered Data to submit to Commander Bruce Maddox, summarily ruling that Data was the property of Starfleet.

Picard challenged the ruling on behalf of Data. Louvois' new office being short-staffed, Picard was appointed as Data's defense counsel, with Commander William T. Riker forced to advocate for Maddox's position, at peril of having Louvois' adverse preliminary summary ruling stand. Louvois, as magistrate, ultimately agreed with Picard that Data was not the property of Starfleet--and, indeed, had the right to choose. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

Phillipa Louvois was played by Amanda McBroom. The character is one of the very few staff Captains (non-command) to appear in any Star Trek production. Other staff captains include Montgomery Scott, holding the rank of Captain while serving as a Chief Engineer in the Star Trek films, and Captain Krasnovsky who was apparently a Captain in the sciences division. Spock held command of the Enterprise in Star Trek II and Star Trek VI, but also served as a staff captain at other times during the events of Star Trek II and Star Trek VI.
Louvois' background is visited in the novel The Buried Age, wherein she has an intimate relationship with Picard just before he turns 50. She is assigned to prosecute Picard during the court-martial, and is so desperate to prove her case that she betrays Picard, mentioning that he wakes up yelling the names of those officers that were lost in the destruction of the Stargazer, to bolster her position that Picard felt personal responsibility and remorse for the loss of the Stargazer, in order to better prove her objectivity. Louvois' supervisor seriously reprimands her for the ethics violation, noting that going to those lengths to make a point about her own abilities will make it hard for anyone to trust her, causing her to resign her commission.

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