The U.S. Army Trial Defense Service Hawaii Field Office provides fully confidential legal representation for Soldiers stationed in Hawaii facing actions initiated on the basis of violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  The actions include, but are not limited to, consultation for criminal and some administrative investigations under AR 15-6, Article 15s, officer eliminations, and certain enlisted administrative separations.

Trial Defense Counsel are unaffiliated with any command structure in Hawaii. Their independence allows them to operate independently of any outside pressures. The exclusive goal of all Trial Defense Counsel is to provide premier, zealous representation to achieve the best interests of their clients.


The Trial Defense Service mission, as set forth in AR 27-10, paragraph 6-2, is “to provide specified defense counsel services for Army personnel, whenever required by law or regulation and authorized by The Judge Advocate General."


Trial Defense Service is a vibrant, values-based, AC-RC integrated organization of the best military justice practitioners zealously providing the highest quality independent representation to our clients and developing the next generation of JAGC leaders.

How to Receive Services

The following must be conducted prior to clients receiving consultations:

  1. Clients must receive a full copy of their action and be given sufficient time to fully review their action (including all evidence) BEFORE their TDS consultation;
  2. The servicing legal office will provide an electronic packet to TDS to
  3. If the packet exceeds the size authorized to send by email, send a notification of action to the TDS Organizational Email account and the packet via DoD SAFE.
  4. All Soldiers in the rank of E-5 and below must be escorted by a Soldier of higher rank or position.

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Service-Specific Hours of Operation

Article 15s, Administrative Separations, and Investigations

  • Tuesdays: 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1-4 p.m.

Courts Martial

  • Walk-in or call anytime
How to Contact in Case of Emergency

  • Sometimes, events arise where you need legal advice immediately due to the pressures of the chain of command or law enforcement that would otherwise prevent you from seeing us during our regular walk-in times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If such an issue occurs, please call (808) 787-5819 so that we may assess the need for an appointment outside of our regular walk-in schedule.