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 The Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) is the principal legal advisor to the Commanding General (CG) on all legal matters except matters under the cognizance of the Pacific Area Counsel Office (PACO).  The AC/S SJA, as a special staff member, is directly responsible to the CG in matters relating to Administrative Law, Installation Law, Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction, Claims, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the administration of military justice. 

The Office of the SJA provides a full range of legal services to include, interpretation of Japanese law, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), Japanese customs and culture which have legal implications, installation/civil law, coordination and administration of claims, administrative law and military justice/criminal law matters.

DSN: 315-645-7461/2 
CELL: 098-970-7461/2 
COMMERCIAL: 011-81-611-745-7461/2 
LOCATION:  Camp Foster 
  Building One
  Room Five 
MAIL:  Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 
  Marine Corps Installations Pacific 
  Unit 35001 Box 1 FPO AP 96373- 5001 

Installation Law
The Installation Law Section provides Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Certification Letters and Commercial Activities or Private Employment Approval Letters.
SOFA Status/Installations Law: MCB SJA SOFA <>;

The Claims Section processes claims for traffic accidents, personal property damage and other incidents involving SOFA members who are assigned or attached to Marine Corps Installation Pacific. 
Claims Against the U.S. Government: MCB SJA CLAIMS <>;

Freedom of Information (FOIA) and Privacy Act
 The FOIA/ Privacy Act Section provides customer service to individuals seeking records about themselves held by MCIPAC under the FOIA and Privacy Act (PA).  For more information on FOIA/PA Requests, click here.
FOIA and PA: MCB Camp Butler SJA FOIA>

Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction
The Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction Officer provides SOFA Rights Advisement briefs for SOFA members who are in Japanese custody or are required to speak with the Japanese Police.  Contact the OSJA to schedule a SOFA brief.

Administrative Law
The Administrative Law Section processes post-trial cases and non-judicial punishment for the MCIPAC Command.

The Installation Law (ILAW) Section provides customer service for Marine Corps service members, members of the civilian component, and their dependents.  In particular, the ILAW Section provides Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Certification Letters and SOFA Cancellation Letters.  In addition, the ILAW Section provides Approval Letters for the aforementioned individuals to engage in Commercial Activities or Private Employment in Japan.  Please, use the links below to digitally request the appropriate letter.   

ILAW DSN:  315-645-7461/2 
ILAW CELL:  098-970-7461/2 
ILAW LOCATION:  Camp Foster, Building One, Room 5 

MCIPAC is no longer using FOIAOnline to process FOIA requests.

FOIA and Privacy Act requests must now be submitted in writing via mail or email.
When submitting your requests, please carefully follow the instructions below:

1) Label your request “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST.”  This should be placed as the subject line of your email, or if mailing your request, at the top of your request document and on the envelope.

2) Within the body of your email or written request:
a. Describe the specific record(s) you are seeking with enough detail so that a knowledgeable agency official may locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort.  Such detail should include descriptive information, timeframe to be searched, name of agency holding the record, and any other pertinent information that may assist in identifying the subject of the request.

b. State your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide justification to support a fee waiver.

c. Include your name, mailing address, personal email address, and telephone number.

3) Submit your request by email:

4) Submit your request by mail:for
Office of the Staff Judge Advocation
Attn: Freedom of Information Office
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
Unit 35001, Box 1
FPO AP 96373-5001

FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY SUBMITTED REQUESTS THROUGH FOIAONLINE:  If your request was still open at the time of FOIAOnline’s decommissioning, my office is continuing to process your request, however, all correspondence will now move through the MCIPAC FOIA OMB,


Freedom Of Information Office
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 
Marine Corps Installations Pacific  
Unit 35001 Box 1 FPO AP 96373- 5001 

DSN: 315-645-7461/2
Cell: 098-970-7461/2

Camp Foster 
Building One
Room Five

GENERAL INFORMATION 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2)(A) Records - Final opinions and orders made in the adjudication of cases that may be cited, used, or relied upon as precedents in future adjudications

*Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals


5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(B) Records - Statements of policy and interpretations that have been adopted by the agency and are not published in the Federal Register

*Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42G  

*Directive Type Memoranda


5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(C) Records – Administrative staff manuals and instructions, or portions thereof, that establish DoD policy or interpretations of policy that affect the public

*United States Marine Corps (USMC) Orders, Directives and Marine Administrative Messages

*Department of the Navy Issuances

*Department of Defense Publications

*Joint Staff Publications

5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(D) Records – Records released to the public, under the FOIA, that are or will likely become the subject of subsequent requests 


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3. Employees *shall not engage in financial transactions using nonpublic Government information* or allow the improper use of such information to further any private interest.

4. An employee *shall not*, except as [provided for by regulation], *solicit or accept any gift or other item of monetary value* from any person or entity seeking official action from, doing business with, or conducting activities regulated by the employee's agency, or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the employee's duties.

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