of the final
Items for immediate disposal. When it is not practical or desirable to keep items
of evidence, disposal action may be taken immediately. Such items may include--
Serial numbered items.
Items required for use by the owner.
Large amounts of money.
Perishable or unstable items.
Items misappropriated from postal channels.
If such items can be immediately disposed of, it will not be necessary to enter
them into the evidence room. This will be coordinated with the SJA. If it is not
possible to get written approval of the SJA before the disposal of the evidence,
oral permission will be obtained. This is followed by written approval.
Permanent release to an external agency. When evidence is permanently released to
an external agency, the final disposal authority part of the DA Form 4137 will be
This is done by the proper SJA, by the commander, SAC, or provost
Evidence custodians should be alert to possible forfeiture actions.
Liaison with appropriate agencies should be effected in a timely manner. The SJA
will provide legal advice.
Disposal of specific items. The SJA will give legal advice on questions of methods
of disposal. Disposal of specific items is as follows:
US government property will be released to the organization to which issued.
Personal property (that is legal to own) will be released to the rightful
US government Treasury checks will be returned.
Money orders from an Any
money order facility will be returned to the issuing APO.
Negotiable instruments owned by a business firm will be released to the firm.
This includes money orders, travelers checks, and checks. If the firm does
not want them returned, they will be destroyed.
Negotiable instruments and other documents owned by an individual will be
returned. They will be destroyed if the owner does not want them.