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to the Government. Such persons, however, should be advised that an agreement as to reimbursement for any expenses incident to travel, lodging, and Subsistence should be effected with the party desiring their attendance and that no reimnbursement should be expected from the Government. (2) Civil actions. When members or civilian employees are served with a subpoena, to appear as a witness on the behalf of a nongovernmental party in a Civil action brought in a Federal court, the provisions of $720.20 apply.

$720.23 Naval prisoners as witnesses or parties in civilian courts.

(a) Criminal actions. When Federal or State authorities desire the attendance of a naval prisoner as a Witness in a criminal case, they should submit a written request for Such person’s attendance to the Judge Advocate General. The Civilian authority should include the following averments in its reQuest: (1) That the evidence to be derived from the prisoner’s testimony is unavailable from any other source: (2) That the civilian authority will provide adequate Security arrangements for the prisoner and assume reSponsibility for the prisoner while he is in its custody; and (3) that the Civilian authority will asSume all costs of transporting the prisOner from the brig, of maintaining that prisoner while in Civilian Custody, and of returning the prisoner to the brig from which he was removed.

The civilian authority should also include in its request an estimate of the length of time the prisoner’s Services will be required, and should specify the mode of transport by which it intends to return the prisoner. Upon receipt of Such a request, authority by the Judge Advocate General will be given, in a proper case, for the production of the requested naval prisoner in court withOut resort to a writ of habeas Corpus ad testificandum (a writ which requires the production of a prisoner to testify before a court of competent jurisdiction). (b) Civil actions. The Department of the Navy will not authorize the attendance of a naval prisoner in a Federal or

State Court, either as a party or as a witness, in private litigation pending before Such a court. The deposition of a naval prisoner may be taken in such a Case, Subject to reasonable conditions or limitations in posed by the command concerned.

$720.24 Interviews and depositions in connection with civil litigation in matters pertaining to official duties.

Requests to interview, depose, or call a.S witnesses, Current Or former members or civilian employees of the Department of the Navy, regarding information obtained in the course of their Official duties, including expert testimony related thereto, shall be processed in accordance with 32 CFR part 725.

$720.25 Repossession of property.

RepoSSession of personal property, loCated on a Navy or Marine Corps inStallation, belonging to a member or to any dependent residing at or located on a Department of the Navy installation, may be permitted in the discretion of the commanding officer of the installation where the property is located, subject to the following. The documents purporting to authorize repossession and the procedures for repossessing the property must Comply with State law. Prior to permitting physical repossesSion of any property, the Commanding officer shall cause an informal inquiry into the Circumstances and then determine whether to allow the repossesSion. If repossession is to be allowed, the person whose property is to be repossessed should be asked if he wishes to relinquish the property voluntarily. Repossession must be Carried out in a manner prescribed by the Commanding officer. In the case of property owned by civilian employees of the Department of the Navy or civilian contractors Or their employees or dependents, the Commanding officer should direct that the disputed property be removed from the installation until the commanding officer is satisfied that the dispute is resolved.

personal §§ 720.26–720.29 [Reserved]

Subport C–Production of Official Records

$720.30 Production of official records in response to court order.

(a) General. Where unclassified naval records are desired by or on behalf of litigants, the parties will be informed that the records desired, or certified copies thereof, may be obtained by forwarding to the Secretary of the Navy, Navy Department, Washington, DC, or other custodian of the records, a Court order calling for the particular records desired or copies thereof. Compliance with Such court Order will be effected by transmitting certified copies of the records to the clerk Of the Court. Out of which the process issues. See the proviSions in the Secretary Of the Navy InStruction 5211.5 series which Set forth the additional requirement that reasonable efforts be made to notify all individuals to whom the record pertains of (1) the disclosure, and (2) the nature Of the information provided, when the Court Order has become a matter of public record and the record is Contained in a System of records as defined in the Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5211.5 Series. If an Original record is produced by a naval custodian, it will not be removed from the custody of the person producing it, but copies may be placed in evidence. Upon written request of One Or more parties in interest Or their respective attorneys, records which would be produced in reSponse to a court order as set forth above may be furnished without Court Order when Such records are not in a ‘System of records’ as defined by the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) except as noted in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Section. In determining whether Or not a record contained in a “System of records” will be furnished in response to a written request for that record, consideration shall be given to the provisions of the Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42 series. If the record is in a “System of records,” it may be produced upon written request of one Or more parties in interest or their respective attorneys in the absence of a court order only if the individuals to whom the record pertains give written

consent to the production or if the production is otherwise authorized under the Privacy Act and the Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5211.5 series. Whenever compliance with a court order for production of Department of the Navy records is deemed inappropriate for any reason, such as when they contain privileged or classified information, the records and subpoena, may be forwarded to the Secretary of the Navy (Judge Advocate General) for appropriate action, and the parties to the suit so notified. Any release of classified information for civil court proceedings (whether Civil or criminal in nature) must also be coordinated within the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP–009D) in accordance with the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 5510.1 Series. (b) Records in the custody of National Personnel Records Center. Court orders, Subpoenas duces tecum, and other legal documents demanding information from, or the production of, Service or medical records in the Custody of the National Personnel Records Center involving former (deceased or discharged) Navy and Marine Corps personnel shall be served upon the General Services Administration, 9700 Page Boulevard; St. Louis, MO 63132, rather than the Department of the Navy. In the following situations, the request shall be forwarded to the Secretary of the Navy (Judge Advocate General). (1) When the United States (Department of the Navy) is One of the litigant S. (2) When the Case involves a person or persons who are Or have been Senior officers or Officials within the Department of the Navy; and (3) In other Cases Considered to be of Special significance to the Judge Advocate General or the Secretary of the Navy. (c) Eacceptions. Where not in conflict with the foregoing restrictions relative to personal information, the release of which would result in a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, the production in Federal, State, territorial, or local courts of evidentiary material from investigations conducted pursuant to this Manual, and the Service, employment, pay or medical records (including medical records of dependents) of persons in the naval service is authorized upon receipt of a court order, without procuring Specific authority from the Secretary of the Navy. When the request for production involves material related to claims in favor of the Government, notification Should be made to the affirmative claims office at the naval legal Service office having territorial responsibility in the area. Where travel is involved, it must be without expense to the Government.

(d) Medical and other records of civilian employees. Production of medical certificates or other medical reports concerning civilian employees is controlled by the provisions of Executive Order 10561, 19 FR 5963, as implemented by Federal Personnel Manual, chapter 294, and chapter 339.1–4 (reprinted in MANMED article 23–255(6)). Records of civilian employees other than medical records may be produced upon receipt of a court Order without procuring specific authority from the Secretary of the Navy, provided there is not involved any classified or For–OfficialUse-Only information, such as loyalty or security records. Records relating to compensation benefits administered by the Bureau of Employees’ Compensation may not be disclosed except upon the written approval of that Bureau (20 CFR 1.21). In case of doubt, the matter should be handled in accordance with the provisions Of SubSection a, above. Where information is furnished hereunder in response to a court Order, it is advisable that Certified Copies rather than originals be furnished and that, where original records are to be produced, the assistance of the U.S. Attorney or U.S. Marshal be requested SO that custody of the records may be maintained.

[38 FR 6021, Mar. 6, 1973, as amended at 48 FR 4466, Feb. 1, 1983]

§ 720.31 Production of official records in the absence of court order.

(a) General. Release of official records outside the Department of the Navy in the absence of a court order is governed by the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Freedom of Information Act (5 |U.S.C. 552). The following sources pertain: SECNAVINST 5211.5 series (Pri

vacy) and SECNAVINST 5720.42 Series (Freedom of Information). (b) Release of JAG Manual Investigations, Court-Martial Records, Articles 69 and 73 Petitions, and Article 138 Complaints of Wrongs. Except as provided in this Section, Only the Assistant Judge Advocates General (Civil Law) and (Military Law) shall make determinations Concerning the release of the records covered herein if less than a release of the complete requested record will result. In all other instances the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocates General, who have cognizance of the record(s) in issue, may release such records. Local record holders are reminded that the authority to release records does not necessarily include denial authority. (1) JAG Manual Investigations (including enclosures). Any request for release Outside the Department of the Navy shall be forwarded to the Assistant Judge Advocate General (Military Law) for determination, except that Privacy Act requests for release shall be forwarded to the Assistant Judge AdvoCate General (Civil Law) for determination. (2) Court-martial records and Articles 69 and 73 petitions. These are matters of public record and may be released by any local holder. Court-martial records should be released only following proper authentication. (3) Article 138 Complaints of Wrongs. Forward as in paragraph (b)(1) of this Section. (c) Affirmative claims files. Affirmative claims files (including Medical Care Recovery Act files), except to the extent that such files contain copies of reports of investigations prepared under the Manual Of the Judge Advocate General, or classified or privileged information, may be released by local holders to insurance Companies to Support claims; to Civilian attorneys representing the injured party’s and the Government’s interests; and to other components of the Department of Defense, without the prior approval of the Judge Advocate General, provided that the amount of the claim is within the monetary settlement authority of the releaser. When the request for production involves material related to claims in favor of the Government, notification should be made to the affirmative claims office at the naval legal service office having territorial 'responsibility for the area.

(d) Accounting for disclosures of records from systems of records. When records located in a ‘‘System of records” are released, the Official responsible for releasing the records shall consult SECNAVINST 5211.5 series regarding the requirement that accountings of the disclosures be maintained. Appendix A–3—a of the Manual of the Judge Advocate General is recommended for this purpose.

(1 CFR 18.14, and part 21, Subpart B)

[45 F.R. 8599, Feb. 8, 1980, as amended at 48 FR 4466, Feb. 1, 1983]

§ 720.32 Certificates of full faith and credit.

The Judge Advocate General, the Deputy Judge Advocate General, or any Assistant Judge Advocate General is authorized to execute Certificates Of full faith and Credit certifying the Signatures and authority of Officers of the Department of the Navy.

[38 FR 6021, Mar. 6, 1973]

Subport D-Complicance With Court Orders by Deportment of the Novy Members, Employees, dnd Fomily Members Outside the United Stotes

AUTHORITY: DoD Directive 5525.9, 54 FR 296, 32 CFR part 146.

SOURCE: 55 FR 47876, Nov. 16, 1990, unless Otherwise noted.

$720.40 Purpose.

This instruction:

(a) Implements 32 CFR part 146.

(b) Establishes policy and procedures for requesting the return to the United States of, or other action affecting, Department of the Navy (DON) personnel and employees serving outside the United States, and family members acCompanying them, in compliance with Court Orders.

$720.41 Definitions.

Court. Any judicial body in the United States with jurisdiction to impose Criminal Sanctions on a Department of the Navy member, employee, or family member. Employee. A civilian employed by the Department of the Navy Or a Component Service, including an individual paid from non-appropriated funds, who is a citizen or national of the United States. Family member. A spouse, natural or adopted child, or other lawful dependent of a Department of the Navy employee or member accompanying the Department Of the Navy member or employee assigned to duty Outside the United States. Felony. A Criminal Offense that is punishable by incarceration for more than one year, regardless of the sentence that is imposed for Commission Of that Offense. Member. An individual on active duty in the Navy, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Reserve. Request for return. Any request Or Order received from a Court, or from federal, state or local authorities concerning a court order, for the return to the United States of members, employees, Or family members, for any reason listed in § 720.42. ReSpondent. A member, employee, Or family member whose return to the United States has been requested, or with respect to whom Other a SSistance has been requested under this instruction. Responsible Official. Officials designated in this instruction to act on a request to return, or take other action affecting, members, employees or family members to the United States under this instruction. United States. The 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.

$720.42 Policy.

(a) It is Department Of the Navy policy to cooperate, as prescribed in this instruction, with courts and federal, state and local officials in enforcing court orders. The Department of the Navy will cooperate with requests when Such action is Consistent with

mission requirements (including Operational readiness), the provisions of applicable international agreements, and Ongoing Department of Defense (DoD) investigations and courts-martial. (b) Every reasonable effort will be made to resolve the matter without the respondent returning to the United States, or other action being taken against the respondent under this inStruction. (C) Requests to return members for felonies or for Contempt involving unlawful or Contemptuous removal of a Child from the jurisdiction of a Court or the Custody of a parent or other person awarded custody by a court order will normally be granted, but only if the member cannot resolve the issue with the court without return to the United States. When the member’s return is inconsistent with mission requirements, applicable international agreements, or Ongoing DoD investigations or Courts-martial, DoD approval of denial will be requested. (d) For all other requests involving members, return will be based on the Circumstances of the individual case as provided in this instruction. (e) Members will normally be returned on a temporary additional duty (TAD) basis unless there are compelling reasons the return should be a permanent change of duty station (PCS). (f) The involuntary return of employees or family members in response to a request for return is not authorized. However, the following action will be taken: (1) Employees will be strongly urged to comply with Court Orders. Failure to comply with court orders involving felonies or contempt involving unlawful or contemptuous removal of a child from the jurisdiction of the Court Or the custody of a parent or other person awarded custody by a Court Order will normally require processing for adverse action, up to and including removal from federal Service. Failure to Comply with other court orders may require adverse action, depending On the circumstances of the individual case. (2) Family members will be strongly encouraged to comply with Court Orders. Family members who fail to comply with court orders involving felonies or contempt involving unlawful or Con

temptuous removal of a child from the jurisdiction of the court or the custody of a parent or other person awarded Custody by a court order will normally have their command sponsorship removed. Failure to comply with other Court Orders may also result in removal of Command sponsorship, depending On the circumstances of the individual case. (g) To facilitate prompt resolution of requests for return of members, minimize the burden on operating units, and to provide consistency during initial implementation of this new program, a limited number of responsible Officials, designated in § 720.44, will reSpond to requesting officials.

§ 720.43 Points of contact.

(a) Authorities issuing requests for return or for other action under this instruction may contact the following activities: (1) Chief of Naval Personnel (Pers–14), Washington, DC 20370–5000 (For Navy members and their family members). (2) Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (Code JAR), Washington, DC 20380–0001 (For Marine Corps members and their family members). (3) Director, Office of Civilian PerSonnel Management (Code OOL), 800 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22203–1998 (For Civilian personnel, including nonappropriated fund employees and their family members). (b) Upon receipt of a request for action under this instruction, the Office of Civilian Personnel Management will forward the request to the appropriate responsible official for action in acCordance with $720.44.

$720.44 Responsible officials.

The following officials are designated responsible officials for acting on requests to return or to take other action affecting members, employees or family members to the United States.

(a) The Chief of Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS) for requests involving Navy members and their family members who are not employees. The CHNAVPERS may delegate this authority within his headquarters, not below the 0–6 level for routine matters and not lower than the flag Officer

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