Mid-Atlantic Branch Office Newport
Legal Assistance Office
360 N. Elliot St.
Phone: 401-841-3766, ext. 200
In 1974, the Commander, Naval Legal Service Command established the first naval legal service office in Newport. In July 1993, Naval Legal Service Office Northeast Detachment Newport was set up as a subordinate activity of NLSO Northeast Groton, under the direction of a commanding officer. In July 1997, the office became Naval Legal Service Office North Central Branch Office Newport, subordinate to NLSO North Central Detachment Groton, under the direction of both an officer in charge in Groton, Connecticut, and ultimately, Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office North Central in Washington, D.C.
In October 2012, the Navy JAG Corps realigned and NLSO North Central Branch Office Newport became Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic Branch Office Newport, a subordinate activity of RLSO Mid-Atlantic Detachment Groton, under the direction of both an officer in charge in Groton and ultimately, Commanding Officer, Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. RLSO Mid-Atlantic Branch Office Newport maintains two separate offices on board NS Newport.
The Legal Assistance Office is in Building 360 and its one officer and one civilian worker provide legal assistance to active-duty personnel and their family members, retirees and their families, and deploying Reservists throughout greater New England. Legal assistance services are available for landlord-tenant issues, consumer protection, domestic relations and family law, immigration, and wills and estate planning. Co-located with the Legal Assistance Office is a remote office for Defense Service Office North, where Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines facing nonjudicial punishment, administrative separation or court martial can remotely consult with attorneys in Groton or Washington, D.C.