Welcome to the Tulalip Tribal Court

Tulalip Tribal Court Operations March 2021


Courthouse Re-Opening Information
A year into the pandemic, we thank you for your patience and grace as we navigate the limited staffing and changing operations to keep everyone safe. Due to ongoing health risks of COVID 19, we still ask that you stay home and utilize our remote options of e-filing and telephonic meeting when able, especially if you are exhibiting any symptoms or believe you have been exposed. Together we can prevent the spread of COVID 19.

Court Hearings
The Tulalip Tribal Court hearings have been held virtually utilizing the GoToMeeting video/telephone software throughout the pandemic. We continue to hold hearings virtually for many case types. We monitor the trends of COVID 19 and as numbers decline, we will transition hearings back to in-person as we are able. The notices of hearing will indicate if your hearing is virtual by GoToMeeting or back to an in-person format.

Please call the Clerk's office for conference call information for your specific hearing type, and/or to confirm if your hearing is in-person. While some case types are closed to the public, others are open hearings and the public is welcome to call in and listen.

As of March 2021, the following are scheduled for in-person hearings…

  • TUESDAY: Wellness Court
  • WEDNESDAY: 10am Criminal docket, Protection Orders, and Family Wellness
  • THURSDAY: Protection Orders
  • Any other hearings with Court Order to be held in person.

Court Clerk's Office 360-716-4773 [option 5]

Lobby hours Monday through Friday
8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Mailing Infraction and Court Payments
Please consider making payments to the court by US mail addressed to:
Tulalip Tribal Court
6332 31st AVE NE Suite B
Tulalip, WA 98271

If mailing, do not send cash. To make a payment by mail, please make your check or money order payable to Tulalip Tribal Court. Please include your ticket's case number or have your full name and date of birth on your check or money order.

Filing can be done in person, by e-filing, or by mail
If in person filing, please go to our intake window at the Courthouse. We accept in-person filings Monday-Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

  • Also note that a public phone, contact numbers for staff in various tribal court departments and an organizer with commonly requested public court forms is available in our main lobby.

If e-filing, please send to the following email: courtclerkstaff@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov. The filer should attach the document(s) and use the subject line of "For E-filing"

If filing via US mail, send to:
Tulalip Tribal Court
Attn: Clerks Office
6332 31st Ave NE, Ste. B, Tulalip, WA 98271

Criminal In-custody
We continue to hold in-custody hearings for criminal matters at 9:00 am. This docket is held Monday-Friday at 9:00am. It is open to the public and can be joined by dialing the following:

Warrant Quash
Warrant quashes are virtually held on Mondays and Fridays at 9:00am. Please note, that warrant quashes are heard immediately following any in custody transports on the assigned days only.

  • If you have a warrant to quash, please contact the clerk's office at 360-716-4773 and/or join the conference call at 571-317-3122 and entering access code 300-671-213

Probation
All probation appointments and hearings will be conducted by telephone or video conference hearings. Please contact the Tulalip Probation department at 360-716-4800.

Healing to Wellness Court
All Wellness appointments and hearings will be conducted by telephone or video conference hearings. Please contact Healing to Wellness Staff:
Ashley Cook, Wellness Program Manager 360-716-4771
Mark Houle, Wellness CSO 360-716-4752
Melissa Johnson, FTC Coordinator 360-716-4764

Tulalip Office Civil Legal Aid
All client appointments and hearings will be conducted by telephone or video conference hearings. Please contact the TOCLA Staff:
Mika Jira, TOCLA Paralegal 360-716-4512
TBD, Pro Se Navigator 360-716-4514
TBD, TOCLA Staff Attorney 360-716-4513

Amy Lettig, Parent Advocate Attorney, 360-716-4518
Chori Folkman, GAL/Youth Advocate Attorney, 360-716-4515
Sylvia Hanna, DV Advocate Attorney, 360-716-4517

Due to staffing, the TOCLA office is currently unable to provide any general civil legal aid until further notice. At this time, the TOCLA office is available to provide legal representation for qualified parents seeking representation in Youth In Need of Care cases through their parent advocate attorney, provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence who are referred through Legacy of Healing through their DV Victim Attorney, and provide a court appointed child advocate attorney through the Child Advocate Attorney.

Overview

The tribal court provides due process and equal protection under the law and strives to effectively and fairly administer justice to all Tulalip tribal members. The court handles civil, criminal and juvenile matters for tribal members. Its work supports the growth of a healthy and culturally vibrant community by administering judicial excellence.

The tribal court has many functions, and it provides the following important services, among others:

  • Tulalip Tribal Court
  • Community Supervision
  • Healing to Wellness Court
  • Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid (TOCLA)
  • Calling a mediator to hear and resolve family law matters
  • Tribal Court Elders Panel to hear young, first-time, nonviolent offense cases

Types of cases heard by the court:

  • Civil: The court hears child custody, adoption, child support, dissolutions, domestic violence, guardianships, marriage, name changes, TGA appeals, elder protection, dependency cases, civil complaints, fishing, hunting and gaming issues, forfeitures and exclusion, etc.
  • Criminal: The court hears criminal complaints filed by the Tulalip Tribal Court’s Prosecutor’s Office against tribal members. Criminal complaints filed against tribal members in instances of alleged domestic violence by one non-Indian against a native intimate partner, known as Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction, are also heard.
  • Traffic citations/infractions: Contested or mitigating circumstances regarding traffic citations/infractions issued by the Tulalip Tribal Police Department for tribal members and non-Indians alike are heard by the court.
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