ARMY - AR 27–3
The Army Legal Assistance Program
|Publication Date:||26 March 2020|
a. Legal assistance is limited to eligible clients whose legal issue is within the scope of the legal assistance program The scope of legal assistance is defined by the types of legal services (see para 3-4) and by the types of cases in which legal assistance may be provided (see para 3-5). See paragraph 5-1b for the priority of RC legal assistance. Legal assistance offices are not responsible for any costs associated with a client's legal matter, including but not limited to, court fees, costs, charges, filing fees, discovery fees, application fees, appeal bonds, fines, attorneys' fees, or any other cost.
b. Ministerial services, legal counseling, legal correspondence, and legal referral services will be offered in all required case types. The provision of all other types of services (see para 3-4) in required and optional case types (see para 3-5) is optional.
c. Legal assistance in optional cases (see para 3-5) may be provided based on the availability of resources and expertise.
d. SJAs and CLAs are responsible for developing and executing training programs that enable legal assistance personnel to develop and maintain the competence required to ethically provide the legal assistance services required in paragraph 3-4 for all of the required case types listed in paragraph 3-5 (see para 2-3). Nothing in this regulation, however, requires any legal assistance attorney to provide any legal service they are not competent to provide, pursuant to AR 27-26, rule 1.1.