The mission of the Staff Judge Advocate is to provide all required legal support to:
- Installation and Garrison Commanders
- Command Staff and Major Subordinate Commanders
- Tenant Organizations
- Individual Service members, family members, and retirees
Post Government Employment
The Administrative Law Office provides advice to commanders and supervisors on a wide range of legal topics, including, Ethics, Labor and Employment Law, Contracts and Fiscal Law, Environmental and Real Property Law, 15-6 and FLIPL Investigations, Fundraising, FRGs, and FOIA/Privacy Act.
Post Government Employment:
Legal Assistance offers no cost legal advice to members of the Armed Forces and their family members, retired military personnel and their family members, and survivors of members of the Armed Forces who would be eligible if the service member was alive. Reserve Component personnel on active duty for thirty days or more are also entitled to legal assistance.
The Legal Assistance Office offers advice on issues of family law, consumer law, credit issues, tax law, real and personal property issues, landlord/tenant matters, contract disputes, and military administrative issues.
Please be advised that Legal Assistance Attorneys are prohibited by law from representing anyone in court. However, in such cases the Legal Assistance Attorneys can provide a referral to a civilian attorney.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday- 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 13:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
If you need notary service for closing on the purchase or sale of real property or to speak to an attorney, you will need to make an appointment. Attorney appointments are scheduled beginning Monday of the preceding week. If you need a power of attorney or notary services for anything other than signing closing documents on real property, you can come to our office between 8:30 and 11:30 or 1:30 and 4:00 any business day.
Please be advised that Legal Assistance Attorneys are prohibited by law from representing anyone in court. However, in such cases the Legal Assistance office can provide a referral to a civilian attorney. You can find Fort Polk Legal Assistance Information Papers on our website easily located off of the JRTC & Fort Polk website or through Google, or visit our Fort Polk Legal Assistance page on Facebook.
Claims - Torts
Affirmative Claims Return Money to Fort Polk, But We Need Your Help.
Have you been injured recently? Have you sought treatment at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital? Then you have likely received a Medical Care Recovery Program information form in the mail. The usual scenario develops like this: You get injured, you arrive at Bayne-Jones, and you are treated for whatever ailment or injury you may have. A few weeks after you are treated you receive a form from the hospital or OSJA asking you questions about your accident. You crumple it up and throw it away. After all, you don’t have time to fill out silly forms. Your medical care was free. Why does the Army need to know about your accident?
This reaction is common, but have you ever wondered how all of that health care gets paid for? We don’t have to pay for our health care directly. Good thing, because those tests, surgeries, and x-rays would cost more than most of us make in a paycheck. We don’t use private insurance when we go to Bayne-Jones, so some large anonymous insurance company isn’t paying for our health care. And when we do have to go to a civilian facility for treatment, the United States through the TriCare insurance program picks up the tab for us then too. Doesn’t all of this get a little expensive? If we aren’t charging anyone how do we make money to keep these hospitals, clinics and insurance programs going? Well, a large portion of the money that the United States uses to keep Bayne-Jones and TriCare running comes from the form that some of you are throwing away.
As active duty, retired military, or a family member of either, you are entitled to health care provided by the United States. This is one example of an instance where you can reap the benefits of being a member or family member of the United States Army. You don’t have to worry about insurance cards or trying to pay all of your costs out of pocket. Financially, this is pretty convenient. In addition to appropriated funds and other Department of Defense money, one important way we keep our medical care up and running is with money received from the Medical Care Recovery Program. That form you receive in the mail with all of the questions on it is part of this Recovery Program.
So, why all the questions? Picture this: You are driving in your car, with your spouse and two children. John Doe, who isn’t paying attention to what he is doing, hits you from behind with his car. You need immediate medical attention and fear your family may also be injured so you are rushed to Bayne-Jones. You and your family are given tests, monitored, x-rays are taken, hopefully no surgery needs to be done, and you are kept at the hospital for a few days. You are released and never give a thought to how any of that care was paid for. But, think about it. If the United States kept giving out health care and never received any money in return to put back into the medical facility, how could we keep the hospital running? The money must come from somewhere.
The United States has a right to receive money for the medical services you received after John Doe hit you. In reality, the United States MUST receive money from someone for these services, or it would never be able to afford to keep giving free medical care. The Government won’t ask you for the money, because you are entitled to the health care. Who does the money come from? It will be John Doe or his insurance company who will have to pay the United States for the care required to make you well again. This is how we keep the system going. However, we can’t do it without you. The United States can only get repaid by the person who caused your injuries if you fill out the Medical Care Recovery Program information form that is sent to your home.
Last year, because people filled out their information forms this post received $285,000 dollars from the affirmative claims program. If everyone would fill out and turn in their questionnaires, we could easily double this amount and return more money to Bayne Jones Army Hospital.
So, the next time one of the information forms comes in the mail, remember that the health care we all receive depends on you filling out that one little form. And if you need any assistance, you can call (337) 531-2129/2636/1967.
If you have any damage to your property during a PCS move, including your POV, you may be entitled to reimbursement for those damages. Find out how to recover those damages by clicking the link below.
The Federal Tort Claims Act permits payment of claims for death, injury, or property loss caused by negligent or wrongful acts of military personnel or civilian employees acting within the scope of employment.
The Military Claims Act permits payment of claims for death, injury, or property loss caused by negligent or wrongful acts of military personnel acting within the scope of employment or incident to "noncombat activities" of armed forces.
The National Guard Claims Act permits payment of claims for death, injury, or property loss caused by negligent or wrongful acts of Army National Guard personnel acting within the scope of employment or caused by noncombat activities of the National Guard.
If the damages are the result of an on-the job injury, your claim will be barred. In order to file a claim alleging damages as a result of the actions of individuals acting within the scope of the employment with the government, you can file a SF 95 with the Fort Polk Claims office.
The U. S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana holds court once a month for civilian violation notices issued on the Ft. Polk army installation. If the violation notice indicates appearance is mandatory or if no amount is listed under "Forfeiture Amount," attendance in court is required. Otherwise, defendants who do not intend to ask for a trial date and wish to dispose of the matter prior to court may pay online through the Central Violations Bureau using the link below. This site answers most basic questions about violation notices.
Click link below to pay.
- No gum
- No children
- Silence cell phones, pagers
- No recording devices
- No food or drink in the courtroom
Arrive early, court begins promptly at the time indicated on the violation notice. After a brief video introduction, court will begin. The order in which litigants will be called before Magistrate Judge Kay may vary. Certain information and forms will require signature in court. These forms include:
- Waiver of counsel
- Consent to proceed before Magistrate Judge/Waiver of a right to trial by jury/Waiver of right to have 30 days to prepare for trial
- Financial Affidavit (and Attachment) - Please click both forms
Hours & Contact information
The Magistrate Court Paralegal’s Office is located at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 7090 Alabama Avenue, Bldg. 1454, Fort Polk, LA 71459. Office hours are from 0800 to 1630. The phone number is (337) 531-6143.
Permission to enter the base is required for those without access. Permission may be obtained by stopping at the Visitor's Center on the right just before the check point at the main gate. A valid picture ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance are required to obtain a day pass, and vehicles are subject to search. The day pass and ID are necessary to pass through the main gate.
From the main gate of the post: Continue west on Entrance Road, which turns into Louisiana Avenue. Turn right on Mississippi Avenue. Turn on the third street to the left, 15th Street. Building 1946 is in the middle of the block on the left.
Parking is available directly in front of the building.
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Trial Defense Services
United States Army Trial Defense Service (TDS)
TDS attorneys are military officers and practicing defense lawyers, graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, licensed to practice law, and members of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. To ensure objectivity and fairness, TDS attorneys are completely independent from local commands and their legal advisors. They are supervised and rated by their superiors within TDS.
The mission of TDS is to provide a full-range of defense legal services to Soldiers worldwide, at no cost to the Soldier. These services include:
- - Representing Soldiers at courts-martial.
- Representing Soldiers during criminal investigations and before involuntary enlisted separation, officer elimination, or grade reduction boards.
- Counseling Soldiers regarding restraint, nonjudicial punishment (aka Article 15), and any other adverse administrative action taken pursuant to Army regulations.
All communications between a TDS attorney and a Soldier-client are strictly confidential and privileged.
TDS attorneys represent Soldiers only; they do not represent civilian employees of the Department of Defense, nor civilian dependents. In addition, TDS does not represent Soldiers pending civilian judicial proceedings or charges, to include proceedings at a federal magistrate court in a military base. TDS representation is only provided to Soldiers facing adverse action in military jurisdiction.
Phone: (337) 531-4343
Email: Trial Defense Service e-mail
The Trial Defense Services office is located at 1918 15th Street, Building 1946, Fort Polk LA 71459.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
0900 – 1130 & 1300 - 1700