Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Court

Great Seal of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Chief Judge

Scott Moore

Associate Judge

Paul Whistler

Southern Ute Tribal Court

Phone: 970-563-0240

Fax: 970-563-9570

Email: tribalcourt@southernute-nsn.gov

Mission

The Tribal Court exercises and protects the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, providing a forum for the enforcement of Tribal law and the administration of justice, while honoring its culture.

Hours of Operations

Beginning August 9, 2021
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Tribal Court:
(970) 563 – 0240


Probation:
(970) 563 – 0267


Family Court:
(970) 563 – 2882 Office visits by appointment only


Operations & COVID-19

Notice to the Public – Tribal Court

To ensure the safety of all persons appearing or attending Tribal Court, the following mandatory guidelines are in effect until further notice:

All persons entering the courthouse building shall wear a face covering/mask or will be required to provide proof of an approved COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will be provided to those who do not have one. Visitors must also practice recommended social distancing standards at all times and observe foot traffic designations

All court hearings will be conducted remotely whenever possible by Zoom. If you are required to be physically present for court, temperatures will be checked by the Bailiffs & a questionnaire regarding COVID-19 symptoms and contacts, must be filled out and approved for entry based on this information. If you cannot safely enter the courtroom, your matter will be re-set for a later date.

Administrative Order

Administrative Order

Attend Hearings by Zoom

How To Attend Zoom Hearing

Court Forms

Filing Fees

Pay Fines & Fees

Criminal & Traffic Cases


   Online: www.citepayusa.comProcessing fee may apply
  
Court Window

Cash
Credit/Debit Card – Processing fee may apply
Cashier’s Check or Money Order made payable to:

Southern Ute Tribal Court
(Personal checks are not accepted)
  
Phone:

Credit/Debit Card – Processing fee may apply
  
Mail:

Cashier’s Check or Money Order made payable to:

Southern Ute Tribal Court or Restitution Party
P.O. Box 737 #18
Ignacio, CO 81137
(Personal checks are not accepted)

Civil Cases


  
Court Window

Cash
Credit/Debit Card – Processing fee may apply
Cashier’s Check or Money Order made payable to:

Southern Ute Tribal Court or Restitution Party
(Personal checks are not accepted)
  
Phone:

Credit/Debit Card – Processing fee may apply
  
Mail:

Cashier’s Check or Money Order made payable to:

Southern Ute Tribal Court or Restitution Party
P.O. Box 737 #18
Ignacio, CO 81137
(Personal checks are not accepted)

**Victim Restitution Parties: Cashier’s Check/Money Order made payable to the Victim and should include the case number.

For questions about a payment, assistance with online payments, or to set up a payment plan, please call 970-563-0240.

e-File

Submit electronic filings to: tribalcourt@southernute-nsn.gov

For Petitions or Forms requiring the filer to be sworn in and/or payment at the time of filing, please call the Clerk’s Office at 970-563-0240 for further instructions.

Attorneys

Attorney List

Attorney information

All practicing lawyers must have an entry of admittance with the southern Ute tribal court to practice here.

Attorney Requirements

  1. Copy of Current Bar Card
  2. Letter of Good Standing
  3. Photo ID
  4. $100 Admittance Fee ($100 annual renewal fee to remain active)

Lay Advocate Requirements

  1. Letter of Intent to practice in Tribal Court
  2. Photo ID
  3. $100 Admittance Fee

Once all information is received Attorney/Lay Advocate will need to be sworn in if new admittance

  • It is the Attorney/Lay Advocate responsibility to check with the court for an appointment with the Judge.
  • If time allows Attorney/Lay Advocate may be sworn in right before the Court appearance.
  • Filings cannot be accepted if the Attorney/Lay Advocate is not admitted to practice in Southern Ute Tribal Court and/or not done an Entry of Appearance on representing parties.

Phone Directory

Phone Directory

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:

  1. Cases will be heard one at a time. Tribal Court staff will sanitize as best as possible after each hearing.
  2. The court will limit the number of people allowed in court to minimize the possible spread of COVID 19.
  3. The court encourages telephonic participation in any hearing where that is feasible.
  4. The bailiffs will direct anyone in the court hearing to maintain “social distancing” (i.e. 6 feet).

Probation

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.
Phone: 970-563-0267

Family Court Support Office

The Family Court Support Office offers various successful treatment programs and services for Court clients or others.
Phone: 970-563-0268

Wellness Court

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.

Custody Cases

The Family Court Support Office is available for custody cases. Custody orders shall remain in place, unless modified by court order.

 

Justice Center
Justice Center Building – photo Southern Ute Drum

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