Claims Division

  • Hours: Mon-Thurs, 0800-1200 and 1300-1600, Fri 0800-1200

  • Phone: (301) 677-9898

  • Currently working remotely

  • The Claims Division processes several types of claims for and against the government

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Legal Assistance Division

  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 0800-1200 and 1300-1600

  • Phone: (301) 677-9504 / 9536 

  • Currently providing services Attorney Consultations require an appointment. For Powers of Attorney and Notary services an appointment is recommended, but not required. 

  • The Legal Assistance Division provides direct, confidential legal services to client authorized in Army Regulation 27-3.

  • The Legal Assistance Division does not provide tax tiling services. If you have received a tax notice from the IRS or a state tax office, depending on the complexity of your tax issue, we may be able to assist, please call us to discuss. Alternative filing options and assistance are available from:

  • Military One Source


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Trial Defense Service (TDS) Field Office

  • Hours: By appointment only

  • Phone: (301) 677-9218

  • TDS counsels Soldiers regarding pre-trial restraint, non-judicial punishment (Article 15s), rights advice, and various adverse administrative actions taken pursuant to military regulations. TDS attorneys also represent Soldiers during military criminal investigations, before elimination or grade reduction boards, and in trial by Court-Martial.

  • TDS personnel are completely independent of local commands and post legal advisors.

  • Instructions:

  • For TDS services contact Ms. Andrea Hap at or call (301) 677-9218. If you are unable to reach her, please leave a detailed message.

  • If you are being questioned by military law enforcement or command, you may invoke UCMJ, Article 31, which is your right to remain silent, until you speak with an attorney.

  • Other Services

  • AFJAG Home

  • Marine Corps Defense Services Organization

  • Defense Services | U.S. Navy JAG Corps

  • Coast Guard Defense Counsel Program (


Criminal Law Division (Military Justice)

  • Hours: 0900-1700

  • Phone: (301) 677-9695

  • The Criminal Law Division prosecutes Soldiers in trials by Court-Martial and advises supported commanders on a wide range of administrative and judicial actions.

  • This division does not provide services to individual Soldiers or to commands who do not fall under the General Court-Martial Convening Authority of the Fort Meade Garrison Commander.


Criminal Law Division (Magistrate Court)

  • Hours: As scheduled

  • Anyone who receives a ticket while on Fort Meade must appear before a 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:

  • US Courts – CVB

  • PO Box 70939

  • Charlotte, NC 28272-0939

  • By phone: 1-800-827-2952 (extension 0)

  • By website:                  

  • In some cases, appearance before the judge is mandatory and the dollar amount cannot be paid in lieu of your court appearance.


Procurement and Administrative Law (PAL) Division

  • Hours: 0800-1600

  • Phone: (301) 677-9174

  • The PAL Division advises commanders and staff of supported organizations on a wide variety of legal issues, including contract and fiscal law, labor, employment, and civilian personnel law, ethics and standards of conduct, administrative investigations and proceedings, and environmental and real-estate law.

The services of this branch are available to Garrison directorates and other organizations in accordance with support agreements.