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Trial Defense Services Mission:

The TDS mission is to provide a full-range of defense legal services to Soldiers.  The Fort Bragg Field Office is responsible for providing services to all Soldiers on Fort Bragg, along with special taskings to outside organizations.

To ensure their objectivity and fairness, TDS counsel are independent of local commanders and legal advisors.  TDS counsel are supervised and rated by their superiors solely within TDS.

 

Services provided:

 

Priority I:

-   General Court-Martial Representation (By appointment Only)

-   Special Court-Martial Representation (By appointment Only)

-   Article 32 Representation

-   Counseling of Pretrial Confinees

-   Representation of Pretrial Confinees at PTC Hearings

 

   Priority II:

-    Summary Court-Martial Counseling

-    Administrative Board Counseling (Officer and Enlisted personnel are represented)

-    Formal Article 15 Counseling (Does not include Summarized Article 15)

-    Grade Reduction Boards where the proposed reduction is primarily based on misconduct

-    Representation and counseling of inmates at

o   Sentence vacation hearings pursuant to Article 72, UCMJ.

o   Disciplinary and adjustment boards pursuant to AR 190-47

-    Suspect Rights, to include Miranda and Tempia requirements; and counseling suspects on criminal matters when the exercise of military jurisdiction is possible

-    Any other military administrative action not listed above IF such actions are:

o   Initiated on the basis of alleged violations of the UCMJ; or

o   Related to the impending, pending, or recently completed UCMJ proceedings

 

Service schedule:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

0900: Article 15 Brief

 

1030: Article 15 Brief

 

1130-1300: Lunch

 

1300-1600: Walk-In Clients

 

0900: Article 15 Brief

 

0900-1130: Walk-In Clients

 

1130-1300: Lunch

 

1300: Chapter Brief

 

1300-1600: Walk-In Clients

 

0900-1600: Office Closed

 

0900:  Article 15 Brief

 

0900-1130: Walk-In Clients

 

1130-1300: Lunch

 

1300: Chapter Brief

 

1300-1600: Walk-In Clients

 

0900-1600: Office Closed

 

 

Additional Briefing Information: 

-     Article 15:  We will begin screening packets at 0900.  The briefing will begin once all packets have been screened.  Soldiers (E-6 and below WITH escort) must arrive with their Article 15 (signed and dated by the commander after the first reading) and with the supporting documentary evidence.  Sergeants First Class and above, Warrant Officers and Officers do not need to attend briefings but are welcome to if they would like.  These personnel are encouraged to come in during walk-in hours.

-     Chapters:  We will begin screening packets at 1300.  Soldiers (E-6 and below WITH escort) must arrive with the signed chapter paperwork.  This includes a signed and dated Notification and Acknowledgement Memorandum.  Sergeants First Class and above, Warrant Officers and Officers do not need to attend briefings but are welcome to if they would like.  These personnel are encouraged to come in during walk-in hours.

-     Please Note:  Article 15 briefs and chapter briefs are at set times and are not considered walk-ins for E-6 and below.

-     Exceptions:  Any exceptions to the above must be coordinated with the NCOIC of the Fort Bragg Trial Defense office.

 

Location:

We are located in Building #2-1731, 2nd Floor, C Stack, on the corner of Macomb Street and Armistead Street.

 

Telephone numbers:

910-907-1950 (DSN 337-1950).

Fax: 910-432-6359 (DSN 239-6359).

 

We do not provide legal advice over the phone.  Please come into the office so that we can screen you for potential conflicts of interest.

 

 

 

  

 

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