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Staff Judge Advocate

The mission of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (commonly referred to as OSJA, JAG, or Legal Office) is to provide legal advice and client services in the six main legal disciplines for the U.S. Army—Military Justice, Administrative and Civil Law (including Contracts and Labor Law), Legal Assistance, Claims, and Operational Law. The Legal Office advises Commanders and staffs on Military Justice, Administrative, and Civil Law issues. The Client Services Office also provides free legal advice and services to all ID cardholders, including powers of attorney, wills, trusts, estates, tax preparation, divorces, adoptions, name changes, notarizations, and claims assistance. A U.S. District Magistrate Court is also held in the Legal Office on a regular basis to adjudicate on-post traffic violations and other misdemeanor citations. The Trial Defense Service, a separate legal section located within the Fort Rucker OSJA, advises Soldiers facing non-judicial punishment or pending Court-Martial.

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is committed to provide legal advice and services to the Command, staff, and subordinate elements. SJA coordinates with commanders at all levels and exercises staff supervision over administration of military justice. We also provide centralized administrative support for commanders for processing of courts-martial and administrative elimination actions; operate the U.S. District Court Program for the military reservation; provide legal advice and counsel concerning military affairs, legal assistance, and procurement to authorized personnel; and process claims both for and against the government.

Staff Judge Advocate - Building 5700 Rm. 320

  • Administrative and Civil Law: (334) 255-3308
  • Claims: (334) 255-2517
  • Legal Assistance: (334) 255-3482
  • Military Justice: (334) 255-9813
  • OSJA: (334) 255-2547
  • Trial Defense Services (334) 255-3919
  • Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F. Closed every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., weekends and federal holidays.

Legal Services

Administrative Law Division

The Administrative Law Division advises on all administrative law matters. It serves as legal advisor and provides legal review of administrative boards, AR 15-6 investigations, line of duty investigations and financial liability investigations of property loss. The Administrative Law Division also conducts administrative hearings on suspensions of post driving privileges; provides instruction on the law of war, ethics and various relevant military law issues for resident TRADOC and MEDCOM schoolsand to assigned military and civilian personnel; advises commanders and staff on domestic operations law matters; and reviews post regulations and unit policy letters.

Policy Letter

Civil Law Division

The Civil Law Division represents the installation in investigations and hearings conducted by the Department of Defense Office of Complains and Investigations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board, grievance arbitrations and agency or Government Accountability Officer protests of government procurements. It also advises installation negotiation teams in all labor negotiations with labor organizations.

The Civil Law Division also provides legal review procurement contracts and requests for release of information under the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act. It provides legal advice and assistance on environmental law for the installation and on all ethics issues, such as gifts, fundraising and the required Office of Government Ethics required disclosures.

Military Justice Division

The Military Justice Division provides expert advice to all commanders and military law enforcement within the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in order to maintain good order and discipline. Legal support provided by the Military Justice Division includes, but is not limited to, the processing of all adverse administrative actions, preparation of Article 15s pursuant to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and prosecution of all court martials on behalf of the command. The Military Justice Division also supports USAACE command by providing military justice and operational law training as requested. Additionally, the Military Justice Division also provides Judge Advocates to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys who represent the United States in U.S. District Court.

 

Client Services

Legal Assistance Division

The Legal Assistance Division provides legal advice and assistance to Soldiers, Family members and retirees. It reviews correspondence to or from governmental agencies, private businesses or private individuals on behalf of clients. The Legal Assistance Division prepares or reviews legal documents including, but not limited to: wills, powers of attorney, bills of sale, simple affidavits, leases, promissory notes, adoption proceedings, name changes and separation agreements. We also prepare and review petitions to the Army Review Boards Agency, rebuttal statements or appeals for FLIPLs, officer evaluation reports, NCO evaluation reports, administrative reprimands or other documents in connection with other military administrative actions.

Divorce clinic is every other Thursday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Clients wishing to seek divorce assistance must attend a clinic in order to consult with an attorney afterwards. Please contact the Legal Assistance Division at (334) 255-3482 if you wish to attend the clinic.

During tax season, the Legal Assistance Division helps Soldiers, Family members and retirees to prepare federal and state income tax returns.

Information Papers

Forms


Claims Division

The Claims Division processes the claims of military and civilian employees for damage to household goods during government-sponsored moves and for damage to personal property on the installation. The Claims Division also investigates and processes tort claims against the government and pursues recoveries from third parties on behalf of the U.S. Army and USAACE. It also prepares litigation reports and responsive pleadings for the U.S. Attorney and Army Litigation Division.

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