TRIBAL COURT OPERATIONS UPDATE

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent exposures, the Colville Tribal Court facility is not equipped to effectively comply with social distancing and other public health requirements.  The Colville Tribal Courts are still operating minimally as of this date 7/15/20.  We are not open to the public to accept in-person court filings. 

NON-EMERGENT CRIMINAL AND CIVIL HEARINGS ARE BEING RESET UNTIL A DATE AFTER THE TRIBES PARTIAL SHUTDOWN IS LIFTED BY THE COLVILLE TRIBES.  BECAUSE OF LIMITED STAFF AND OPERATIONS WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEND OUT WRITTEN NOTICES OF CONTINUED COURT DATES FOR ALL SCHEDULED HEARINGS, PLEASE CALL THE COURT TO MAKE SURE YOUR HEARING WILL BE GOING FORWARD OR WAS CONTINUED.   

CURRENTLY THE COURT IS ONLY SCHEDULING AND HEARING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF “PRIORITY CASES”:

  • Criminal Arraignments/Bail held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1:00 p.m.  If you are released prior to your hearing, please wait in front of the main door at the courthouse and a staff member will document your presence for the court.  You will be allowed entrance after a temperature screening and you will be required to wear a mask.  If you are allowed to appear by phone, please contact the clerks’ office at 509/634-2500, and give your current number, so the Court may call you for your hearing.
  • MINOC’s held on Wednesdays.  All these hearings will be telephonic.  If you are unable to attend telephonically, please wait in front of the main door at the courthouse and a staff member will document your presence for the court.  You will be allowed entrance after a temperature screening and you are required to wear a mask.
  • Emergency Show Cause hearings.  These include domestic violence protection orders, emergency restraining orders, and emergency custody orders.  These will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays at the discretion of the assigned judge.  NOTE: These hearings will only be scheduled at the discretion of the assigned judge who will determine whether a true emergency exists.  All hearings will be telephonic, unless the assigned judge requires your presence.
  • Criminal non-jury trials for cases with defendants held in corrections.  All hearings will be telephonic.  

If you are unable to attend telephonically, please wait in front of the main door at the courthouse and a staff member will document your presence for the court.  You will be allowed entrance after a temperature screening and you will be required to wear a mask.  This includes any witnesses who will be participating in hearings.  You’re encouraged to coordinate with the Prosecutor’s Office and/or Public Defenders’ Office.

SHOULD YOU BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR OR CONDUCT BUSINESS IN COURT, THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS WILL BE ENFORCED.

a)    All persons who enter the court to conduct business or appear for a hearing shall be required to wear a mask.

b)   No children will be allowed in the courthouse, without prior approval.

c)   Persons who are not testifying before the Court will not be allowed in the courthouse.

d)   All persons will maintain the required social distance of six feet apart.

e)    The court will limit the amount of people in the courtroom and/or the court lobby.

f)    If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, do not enter the courthouse

IF YOU HAVE A HEARING SCHEDULED DURING THE TRIBES PARTIAL SHUTDOWN AND IT IS NOT A “PRIORITY CASE” AS LISTED ABOVE, Please call the Court to verify if your hearing will proceed.

Otherwise, most regularly scheduled hearings (both criminal and civil) are continued and will be reset to a later time and date.  You will receive a new notice for your hearing in the mail once the Colville Tribal Court reopens for regular business.  

Please email: Colville.tribalcourt@colvilletribes.com

Or call 509/634-2500, if you need to update your mailing address.

IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY AND/OR NEED TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, PLEASE CALL

  • 911 or,
  • Colville Tribal Police at (509) 634-2471 or 
  • Colville Child Protective Services (CPS) at (509) 634-2637

ELECTRONIC/FAX FILINGS FOR ONLY EMERGENCIES

The Court is not yet opened to the Public and is not accepting in-person filings.  We will accept electronic or fax filings for civil EMERGENCY hearings, as defined above.  Please make sure all your documents are filled out completely, signed and notarized.  Email your emergency filings at: Colville.tribalcourt@colvilletribes.com

Or fax them to (509) 634-2479 Or the Court does have a DROP BOX in the front area of the Courthouse.

All other filings must be mailed to Colville Tribal Court, PO Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155

Spokespersons should file by regular mail.

Thank you for your understanding in these times. Please stay safe and healthy.

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