General Litigation (Code 14)


The General Litigation Division defends Navy and Marine Corps commanders, policy makers and service members in Federal and State civil litigation related to areas of division expertise. This support includes actual conduct of litigation, litigation support to Department of Justice attorneys and coordination with other agencies.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act

Adjudicates administrative appeals of FOIA and Privacy Act decisions. Defends litigation arising from denial by the Judge Advocate General of FOIA and Privacy Act appeals.

Military Personnel Law

Defends litigation challenging military personnel programs, policies and decisions, including but not limited to, involuntary discharges, failures of promotion, and petitions denied by the Board for Correction of Naval Records.

Habeas Corpus

Responds to habeas corpus petitions filed by prisoners serving court-martial sentences and conscientious objectors.

Constitutional Torts and Personal Liability

Defends service members sued for official actions allegedly violating another’s constitutional rights.

Disability Law

Defends litigation arising under disability laws or regulations involving military or former military personnel.

Litigation Risk Assessments

Provides advice to Naval commands regarding the possible outcome of litigation in areas of division expertise.

Review of Proposed Statutes and Regulations

Reviews proposed statutes and regulations related to areas of division expertise.

Delivery of Persons to Civilian Authorities

Provides advice regarding the delivery of personnel to civilian authorities under Chapter VI of the JAG Manual.

Service of Process and Subpoenas

Provides advice regarding requests for documents and witnesses in civil litigation not involving the Department of the Navy.

Contact General Litigation

Mailing Address:
General Litigation (Code 14)
1322 Patterson Ave., Suite 3000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 685-5450
DSN: 325-5450
Fax: (202) 685-5472
0800 – 1700
Monday – Friday