may be sued in the Federal Courts for damages to
persons or property caused by an employee of the
Government. If, as a result of an accident that
occurred while you were driving a Navy vehicle on an
authorized trip, you receive any subpoena, summons,
complaint or other notice of legal action being brought
immediately, usually through your supervisor. If
possible, the original of any papers or forms received
in these actions shall be furnished to the Commanding
Officer; if originals are not available, the copy should
so be noted.
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D e f e n s e Against Civil Suits.
established that, at the time of the accident, you were
within the scope of your orders and
authorization, the suit will be considered as against
the United States, and the office of Attorney General
of the United States will defend the Government and
you in such legal actions. Under these conditions, you
fully with the
representing the U.S. Attorney General in defense
against the suit.
Detailed information is contained in JAG
Instruction 5822.2 (and revisions).
(1) Do not agree to confer with claimants,
their agents or attorneys; do not answer letters or
complete forms received from them. Notify your
supervisor of such mail so that the legal officer or
Commanding Officer may reply if he so desires.
(2) Do not discuss the details of the
accident with anyone except your supervisor, the legal