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The RAF Lakenheath Legal Office provides professional legal support and advice to command and other staff agencies on a variety of issues including military justice, contracts, labor, environmental and operations law.

We also provide legal advice and assistance on personal and civil matters to active duty, retirees, eligible civilians and their families; members of the Guard (Title 10 status only); and Reserve members on active duty orders.

The Legal Office is supported by military attorneys, paralegals and civilians. Using this Web site is not a substitute for consulting with an attorney about a specific legal problem you may have.

General Law

Legal assistance and claims assistance can be obtained at the Legal Office located in Building 1082. The legal office is not conducting in-person Article 137, UCMJ, briefings until further notice. If you are reenlisting, please email us at 48fw.ja@us.af.mil to request the briefing materials.

For assistance, call 01638 523553 or DSN 226-3553.

Claims 
The DD Form 1840/1840R (pink form) must be submitted to the carrier within 75 days after delivery of a household goods shipment. This process can now be done online at https://claims.jag.af.mil. The online process only applies to Air Force sponsored moves. Members not able to file online may bring their pink forms to the claims office during normal office hours.

Other claims assistance may be obtained by calling our office.

Ethics 
DoD employees shall not engage in any personal or professional activity that places them in a position of conflict between their private interests and the public interest of the United States.  From commercial solicitation, gift acceptance, off-duty employment to post government employment, if you have any question regarding standards of conduct for a DoD personnel, please consult the legal office for an opinion.

Smooth Move Briefings 
The Smooth Move Briefing may be viewed here. Upon completion of the briefing, please provide a copy of your certificate to 48fw.ja@us.af.mil.
The Smooth Move Briefing for personally owned vehicles can be viewed here.

General advice 
General legal advice is available by appointment only during legal assistance times, which are Tuesdays 9:00am -11:00am and Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00pm. Please call 01638- 52-3553 or DSN 226-3553 to book an appointment. The Air Force also maintains a legal assistance website which may be of assistance to you at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil.

Legal assistance attorneys cannot represent you in court. Further, legal assistance is prohibited in the following areas:
- Issues involving personal commercial enterprises
- Criminal issues under the Uniform Code of Military Justice or state/federal criminal law. (Contact the Area Defense Counsel at 01638 523608 or DSN 226-3608 for assistance.)
- Standards of Conduct issues
- Law of Armed Conflict issues
- Official matters in which the U.S. Air Force has an interest or is involved in the final outcome

Service 
Legal assistance is available to active duty, retirees, eligible civilians and their families; members of the Guard (Title 10 status only); and Reserve members on active duty orders.

Wills
Wills are prepared by appointment only during our legal assistance hours. Please call 01638-52-3553 or DSN 226-3553 to book an appointment. Visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil to fill out a will worksheet, and then bring the ticket number in for your appointment.
Find further information about Wills and POA here.

Feedback
We value your feedback and would love to hear what you thought of our service. Please be sure to leave us your comments or concerns at: https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/apps/aflass_public/bin/main.

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Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)

The RAF Lakenheath VWAP coordinator can be reached at 01638 523553 or DSN 226-3553.

International Law

The International Law section of the Legal Office deals with issues between international partners as well as managing cases involving U.S. personnel that take place in the British criminal justice system. Whether it is a traffic ticket you have received off base or an agreement between international partners, be sure to speak to us!

Please contact Karen MacKay, British Liaison Officer, at 01638 525214 or DSN 226-5214.

U.K. Walk-Ins Mondays and Thursdays:
9.30 a.m. - noon and 1-3 p.m.

Guide to the UK - Frequently Asked Questions

Military Justice

The Military Justice Division provides guidance to commanders on nonjudicial punishment proceedings and courts-martial. Contact 01638 525204 or DSN 226-5204 for assistance.

Area Defense Counsel

The Area Defense Counsel (ADC) program provides independent legal representation to military members suspected of an offense or facing adverse administrative actions. Please contact the ADC at 01638 523608 or DSN 226-3608.

Operations & Installation

The Operations Law section generally refers to legal rules applicable in actual military operations. It is normally defined as that body of domestic, foreign and international law that impacts the activities of U. S. Armed Forces in war and operations other than war. 

Commanders must ensure their personnel are trained to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). All military personnel must accomplish this training every 20 months. 

For more information, contact the Operations Law Division at 01638 523553 or DSN 226-3553. 

JAG/Paralegal Recruiting

Discover the possibilities of becoming an Air Force Judge Advocate. Each year, about 100-120 attorneys are selected as Air Force Judge Advocates through several different accession programs. 

For details click on JAG Recruiting Information.

Interested in becoming an Active Duty or Reserve paralegal for the Air Force? For details, view this trifold

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office (SAPRO) 
The Department of Defense does not tolerate sexual assault and has implemented a comprehensive policy that reinforces a culture of prevention, response and accountability that ensures the safety, dignity and well-being of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) can be reached at 01638 523765 or DSN 226-3765. 

Additional information may be obtained from the following:

http://www.sapr.mil/

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE. 

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-HOPE.

Special Victims' Counsel

The Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) provides independent legal representation to victims of sexual crimes.  Eligibility for these services is not limited to military members.

For more information, please contact the SVC at 01638 523339 or DSN 226-5214. 

For after-hours assistance please call 07734-880578. 

The SVC Office is collocated with the SARC in bldg. 1070.

Up-to-Date Legal Office Information

- Legal Office Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/48fwlegaloffice

- Download the AF Connect app on any smartphone, link to the 48th Fighter Wing, click on “Support Services,” and navigate to “J.A.G.”

Address

48 FW/JA
RAF Lakenheath
Bldg 1082
Brandon, Suffolk 
IP27 9PN

Location/Hours

Location: Building 1082
Opening Hours
(by appointment only): Mon, Weds, Fri 0900-1100/ Tue 1300-1500 & Thurs 1000 - 1200.

Please note: the legal office closes at noon on the 4th Friday of each month for training. The office may be reached by email at: 48fw.ja@us.af.mil or Tel: DSN 226-3553, Commercial 011-44-1638-523553

Legal Proceedings

For the latest information about docketed courts-martial across the Air Force, click here.

Legal Assistance