Staff Judge Advocate

4217 Roberts Ave.
Fort Meade, MD 20755

  • Counseling Requirement for Soldiers Subject to Personally Owned Firearms Restrictions

    Hours of Operation

    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed for federal holidays, inclement weather conditions or unforeseen situations.)

    Contact Us

    • Claims: (301) 677-9898
    • Criminal Law: (301) 677-9695
    • Procurement & Administrative Law: (301) 677-9174
    • Trial Defense: (301) 677-9218
    • Legal Assistance: (301) 677-9504 / 9536


    • Claims Division

    • Tax Assistance Center

      Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. (The Tax Assistance Center is only open during the Last week in January through April 15). 

      Once the Tax Assistance Center is closed for the season, appointments will made on a case by case basis using the normal Legal Assistance scheduling process.

      • Service available to all active-duty, retirees and family members
      • Free tax preparation for eligible clients
      • Click here for more details
    • Legal Assistance Division

    • Trial Defense Division

      • This office:

        • Represents soldiers charged with military criminal offenses at trial.
        • Represents soldiers during criminal investigations and before elimination or grade reduction boards.
        • Counsels soldiers regarding pretrial restraint, non-judicial punishment (Article 15s), and various adverse administrative actions taken pursuant to military regulations.
      • Trial defense lawyers are completely independent of local commands and post legal advisors
      • If you are being questioned:

        • Do not say anything
        • Do not waive your rights
        • Ask to talk to a lawyer
      • To schedule an appointment, call (301) 677-9218
    • Magistrate Court

      • Anyone who receives a ticket while on Fort Meade must appear before the Magistrate Judge unless he or she chooses to pay the ticket prior to the hearing date. You can pay the collateral amount due either by mail, phone, or via website.
      • In some cases, appearance before the judge is mandatory and the dollar amount cannot be paid in lieu of your court appearance.
      • Contacts

        • Phone: (301) 677-9738 or (301) 677-9695
      • Mail tickets to:

        • US Courts – CVB
          PO Box 70939
          Charlotte, NC 28272-0939
          Phone: CVB: 1-800-827-2982 (extension 0)
    • Criminal Law Division

      • This division prosecutes soldiers in all general and special courts-martial.
      • Trial counsel and legal specialists conduct and/or advise commanders on matters including, but not limited to:

        • Administrative separation boards
        • Separation actions
        • Article 15s
        • Reprimands
      • This division manages all cases through the pretrial and post-trial processes.
      • We prepare all criminal law actions for the commander's review and action.
      • Phone: (301) 677-9383 or (301) 677-9695
    • Procurement and Administrative Law Branch

      • This office provides legal advice and written opinions to commanders and staff members on a wide variety of issues.
      • The advice involves questions arising from the commanders' and staff members' official duties.
      • The broad legal categories include:

        • Procurement
        • Labor
        • civilian personnel
        • Administrative ethics
        • Environmental law
      • The services of this branch are available to Garrison and other organizations in accordance with support agreements.
      • Advice is based on statutes, Army regulations, Department of Defense regulations, and case law.
      • Some of the people in the branch specialize in particular areas. Written, telephonic, and electronic legal advice is available.
      • Phone: (301) 677-9174

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