Southern Ute Tribal Court
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.
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:
- NEW PHONE HOURS: Tribal Court main line 970-563-0240 will be answered from 8:00am to 5:00pm every Mon-Thurs. and 8:00am to 4:50pm on Friday.
- HOURS OF OPERATION: Beginning May 11, 2020, The Southern Ute Tribal Court will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- All persons entering the courthouse building shall observe foot traffic designations, wear face masks, and practice recommended social distancing standards at all times. Masks will be provided to those who do not have one.
- All court hearings will be conducted remotely whenever possible. There shall not be more than 5 people allowed in the courtroom at any one time. Those waiting to go into the courtroom shall wait in the court lobby or outdoors and practice recommended social distancing standards.
- Those entering the courtroom must have their temperatures checked by the Bailiffs & fill out a questionnaire regarding COVID-19 symptoms and contacts, and must be approved for entry based on this information. If you cannot safely enter the courtroom, your matter will be re-set for a later date.
- Those entering the courtroom musts wear face masks required pursuant to Tribal directive, and practice recommended social distancing standards at all times. Masks will be provided to those who do not have one.
- Those persons not entering the courtroom but proceeding to the Clerk’s window shall wear a face mask and shall practice recommended social distancing standards at all times. Masks will be provided to those who do not have one.
Thank you for your cooperation
Administrative Order in Response of the COVID-19 Outbreak (Updated May 7, 2020)
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.
Notice: The Southern Ute Tribal Court will begin accepting credit card payments
For online payments for Criminal/Traffic cases only: at Citepayusa.com Processing fee may apply.
At the Tribal Court window or by phone for all cases: all major credit cards and debit cards will be accepted. Processing fee may apply.
By mail for all cases: money order or cashier’s check made payable to:
Restitution Party* or Southern Ute Tribal Court*
P.O. Box 737 #18
Ignacio, CO 81137
If you have any questions about these new procedures, need assistance with online payments, or if you would like to set up a payment plan, please feel free to call the Court at 970-563-0240.
*Victim Restitution are made payable by Money Order to the victim, should be noted with case and name of the victim.
*Fine, Fee and Public Defender are made payable to Southern Ute Tribal Court
Notice: The Southern Ute Tribal Court will begin accepting email filing
For Email Filing:
I am pleased to announce to all clients, Southern Ute practicing attorneys and to the general public Tribal Court will now have the option to file documents with the Court by using the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will include all documents related to an open case. Petitions can be filed but will be held until payment is received before the case is opened, or a motion to waive fees accompanies the petition for the assigned judge to waive the fee.
This email address will be used to file all documents in an open current case. New petitions for a new case can be filed at this email address. New petitions will be held until payment is received. If no payment has been received within 10 days the petition will be returned to the sender. If filing a motion to waive the filing fee it must accompany the petition and be approved by the judge before it is accepted into the record. No filing fee is needed to file a Petition to Probate.
Documents for open current cases and new cases can still be filed by faxing to 970-563-9570. New petitions will be held until payment is received. If no payment has been received within 10 days the petition will be returned to the sender. If filing a motion to waive the filing fee, it must accompany the petition and be approved by the judge before it is accepted into the record.
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.
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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