Southern Ute Tribal Court
The mission of the Tribal Court is to exercise the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe by providing a forum for the enforcement of Tribal law and the administration of justice in disputes affecting the interests of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe or its members. The Southern Ute Tribal Court will fulfill its mission by providing a comprehensive system of quality programs, within the financial means of the permanent fund, to ensure the continued existence and integrity of the Tribe by providing supportive services to Tribal member families in conflict through dispute resolution in accordance with Tribal law, which recognizes and accepts the cultural diversity in the community.
Notice to the Public
The Southern Ute Tribal Court provides essential services to the public and we will endeavor to maintain operations to the fullest extent possible, while protecting the Southern Ute Tribal community, employees, and litigants. We understand there is concern about the COVID-19 virus and so we are requiring that you PLEASE NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE, PROBATION, OR FAMILY COURT SUPPORT OFFICE if:
- you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you have not received a subsequent test confirming you are currently virus-free;
- you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days;
- you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness symptom.
If any of these three criteria apply please call the clerk’s office at 970.563.0240 to reschedule your court date or request to appear by telephone if you are not represented by an attorney, or contact your attorney to file a request for a continuance or a telephone appearance. If you are a witness in a case, please contact the attorney or party issuing the subpoena to explain the circumstances and discuss the available options. If you are summoned to report for jury duty, please call the court to request an excuse. Please call the probation department or family court support office to reschedule any appointment if any of the three listed criteria apply to you.
Until further notice, the court will permit persons to wear surgical masks and gloves in court if they desire. It is also permissible to bring small plastic containers of hand sanitizer into court and its probation and family court support offices.
Administrative Order in Response of the COVID-19 Outbreak
March 2020 – Change of Procedures and Schedule
The Tribal Court will be open and answering phone calls on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The court will accept filings as usual; however, the Tribal Court strongly urges anyone to first call the clerk for directions to file any motions or pleadings by email*, mail, or fax. Please note that the court is only setting cases on an emergency basis and the court will be resetting previously set matters for a later date when the environment is safer for all parties.
*Tribal Court will be accepting filings by email given the current circumstance and the filing fee will need to be mailed.
No child support checks will be available at the Tribal Court. All child support will be mailed to the recipients.
Payment of Criminal and Traffic Fines and Fees
Please use the online option for payment of any money owed in these cases. This is a new option available to the public and can be accessed at www.citepayusa.com.
Emergency Hearing Procedures
The court will hear any matters requiring immediate attention. The Tribal Court has implemental new procedures to safeguard the Southern Ute Tribal community. Please expect the following changes:
- Cases will be heard one at a time. Tribal Court staff will sanitize as best as possible after each hearing.
- The court will limit the number of people allowed in court to minimize the possible spread of COVID 19.
- The court encourages telephonic participation in any hearing where that is feasible.
- The bailiffs will direct anyone in the court hearing to maintain “social distancing” (i.e. 6 feet).
- Any in-custody defendants shall be brought to court one at a time.
Probation shall maintain services, but will be providing instructions to probationers on any changes. The changes will reflect the need to maintain community safety, while minimizing possible contact.
The Family Court Support Office will be available only for emergency situations. Custody orders shall remain in place, unless modified by court order.
Family Court Support Office
The Family Court Support Office offers various successful treatment programs and services for Court clients or others:
Probation assists clients in securing employment/referrals to TERO, referrals to substance abuse treatment, domestic violence counseling, education, vocational rehabilitation, cultural services, and community service, and assists them in compliance with all other court orders. Supervision includes adult and juvenile clients.
The Southern Ute tüüÇai Court is a special court that gets involved when someone is repeatedly being arrested and charged with criminal offenses, is not following court conditions, and/or continues to abuse alcohol or drugs.
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