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Office of the Staff Judge Advocate


"Public Service is a public trust"

 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.

Fourteen Principles of Ethical Conduct for Federal Employees


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.


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