Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Northwest
Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) provides prosecution, command services, and court-reporting support to Navy and Marine Corps commands and legal assistance to active duty, family members, and retirees located within its assigned geographic area (currently encompassing 11 states -- Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska), and performs such other functions and tasks as may be directed by competent authority.
RLSO NW is organized into departments that provide command service advice, courts martial prosecution, and legal assistance. General lists of services and contact information for offices are listed below. Individuals seeking advice regarding military criminal defense should instead contact the Defense Service Command (DSO). Contact information for DSOs may be found at http://www.jag.navy.mil under defense services.
Area of Responsibility:
The area of responsibility currently encompasses the eleven states of Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Legal Services Provided
Command Services provides advice in the following subject areas: Administrative Law, Admiralty, Administrative Separations and Processing, Disciplinary Options, Freedom of Expression and Grievances, Homeland Security, Interactions with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies, Subpoenas, JAGMAN Investigations, Military Justice, Operational Law, Personnel Matters, Standards of Conduct and Government Ethics.
RLSO Mid-Atlantic provides legal consultation and command services support primarily for Navy commands without their own assigned judge advocate or general counsel. Command clients can contact the closest installation staff judge advocate (SJA) or a command services provider from the Command Services Department at the headquarters in Norfolk or Detachment Groton. Contact phone numbers are listed for each command services office.
RLSO NW provides legal assistance to active duty service members and their dependents, and reservists on active duty for 30 days or more, and to retirees on a variety of topics. Legal assistance can include advice on topics such as consumer/financial affairs, disaster relief support and advice, family law, foreclosure advice and counseling, immigration, notary services, powers of attorney, landlord/tenant matters, Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act, small claims court matters, victim assistance, and wills/estate planning. Pre-deployment services are given priority. Please contact your local office to see how it can best meet your pre-deployment needs.
Legal Assistance Topics
Learn more about legal assistance topics that commonly affect military members such as consumer affairs, family law, wills, or powers of attorney. The information provided is for educational and general information purposes only. It is not legal advice. Speak with a licensed attorney before relying on the information contained within the website to make a decision or take any action.