Navy Legal Services Office

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San Diego Navy Legal Services Office

The Naval Legal Services Office provides a wide range of comprehensive legal support to service members, their family members, retirees and other eligible personnel in the San Diego area. The command is divided into two departments: defense and legal assistance. Each department specializes in specific areas of law and provides a wide range of legal services to the San Diego military community.

The Defense Department provides representation to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel before general courts-martial, special courts-martial, UCMJ Article 32 investigations, pretrial confinement proceedings, NCIS and CID investigations, administrative boards and other adversarial administrative proceedings. The Defense Department is on the second floor in Building 56 at Naval Base San Diego. Walk-ins may see a defense counsel 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Legal Assistance Department provides legal assistance services for personal civil legal matters. Persons eligible for legal assistance services include: active-duty personnel, including Reservists and members of the National Guard on active duty for 30 days or more; family members of active-duty personnel and family members of personnel who died while on active duty; retired military personnel and their family members; family members of deceased retired members; and other eligible persons as specified by the JAGMAN Section 0706. Additional information and forms may be obtained by visiting


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