NESPELEM - The Colville Tribal Court issued a notice of court orders today via broadcast stating the court is in emergency closure in response to outbreak of COVID-19 across the state.

The action follows that of the Colville Business Council, which implemented a partial shutdown of the Tribal government, March 18.

The court order reads in part, “Convening in person hearings puts the parties, Spokespersons and Court staff at risk of spreading the virus… Convening jury trials puts the jurors, parties, witnesses, Spokespersons and Court staff at risk of spreading the virus.”

The order, which is signed by Chief Judge Steve Aycock, asks tribal members with questions to call 509-634-2500. 

The order further ask if no one answers that calling parties leave their name, phone number and their question. For parties calling about open cases, callers are asked to leave their case number and name. 

The phone messages are being check daily, Monday through Friday.

For specifications related to criminal cases, civil cases, children's cases and Healing to Wellness Court read the orders here.

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