Judicial Commission

Judicial Commission

Thomas Limberhand, Chairman

Shaneen Hammond, Vice-Chair

Ian Windy Boy, Member

Laverne Parker, Member

Melvin Morsette Jr., Member

Court Administrator

Elinor Nault, Court Administrator / Executive Director

Supervises program planning and development to ensure consistency with program objectives. Responsible for formulating the overall administrative and operating policies pertaining to the Chippewa Cree Tribal Court System. Exercise supervisory control and personnel direction over all staff employed in the Judicial Department including conducting probationary and annual evaluations, temporarily hire, give promotions, and lay off, disciplinary actions such as: oral reprimand, written reprimand/corrective action plan, suspension without pay, demotion and termination per Personnel Policies and Procedures. Advises Tribal Judges on criminal and civil cases/procedures, interpretations and application statutes. Conducts research on legal/factual issues on cases before the Chippewa Cree Tribal Court and the Appellate Court System. Serves as the Administrator in the Court of Appeals and responsible for processing the appellate court case file. Develops programs and budgets for the Tribal Court System. Develops and maintains a law library which contains laws, resolutions, and ordinances of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, including judicial decisions rendered by the Chippewa Cree Tribal or any Court of Appeals, for use by the public, attorneys, clerks and judges.

Administrative Assistant

Responsible for running and coordinating the day-to-day administrative duties of the Tribal Court when the Executive Director/Court Administrator is absent. Oversee's the Clerks Office. Performs the following duties; oversees clerks, processes check requests, timesheets, invoices, scheduling meetings and conferences, managing and distributing information within an office and completes a variety of administrative duties. Communicate with staff and vendors for supply purchases, equipment maintenance, and building maintenance.

Judges

Billie Jo Coffee - Chief Judge

Oversees, Associate Judges; Organizes proceedings by enumerating rules and procedures; planning schedules, arranging hearings, court personnel and assembling potential jurors; Determines probable cause by examining accusations, charges and evidence; Conducts proceedings by listening to arguments; rules on admissibility of evidence; resolving objections; maintaining order; Prepares jury by conducting selection; issuing and explaining instructions and rules; Renders judgment by weighing arguments and evidence; studying relevant cases; polling jury, writing and announcing opinion; Sentences defendant by applying statutes and guidelines; considering extenuating and mitigating circumstances; determining settlement; Enforces judgment by follow-up and requiring compliance; Completes reports by entering required information; Improves judicial system by recommending changes in law, guidelines, and procedures; Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state of the art practices; participating in professional societies; Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed; Maintains accurate and timely records; Prepares and submits accurate and timely reports; Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, the public, governmental and state entities and other tribal program representatives; Conducts research on legal/factual issues on cases; Maintains a law library which contains laws, resolutions, and ordinances of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, including judicial decisions rendered by the Chippewa Cree Tribal or any Court of Appeals; Ensures that all laws and ordinances passed by the Chippewa Cree Tribe are implemented and enforced by the Chippewa Cree Tribal Court System and law enforcement agencies.

Associate Judges Brandon Lamere, Rick Gardipee & Andrew Huff

Organizes proceedings by enumerating rules and procedures; planning schedules; arranging hearings; court personnel and assembling potential jurors; Determines probable cause by examining accusations, charges and evidence; Conducts proceedings by listening to arguments; rules on admissibility of evidence; resolving objections; maintaining order; Prepares jury by conducting selection; issuing and explaining instructions and rules; Renders judgment by weighing arguments and evidence; studying relevant cases; polling jury, writing and announcing opinion; Sentences defendant by applying statutes and guidelines; considering extenuating and mitigating circumstances; determining settlement; Enforces judgment by follow-up and requiring compliance; Completes reports by entering required information; Improves judicial system by recommending changes in law, guidelines, and procedures; Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state of the art practices; participating in professional societies;

Clerks

Clerks of Court - Sasha Coffee, Kayla Coffee & Jessi Mitchell

Clerk of Court enforces of Tribal Court Clerk of Court Manual; Renders assistance to the court, tribal police force, and individual tribal members in drafting of: a.) orders, b.) subpoenas, c.) warrants, d.) commitments, e.) any other documents incidental to the lawful function of the Tribal Court; Attends and keeps a written record of all court proceedings; Administers the oath to witness; Maintains standards of confidentiality; Receipts all fines paid and pays out all fees authorized by regulations; Makes an accounting of these fees to the disbursing agent of the Tribe and to the Judicial Commission, Budget Committee and Business Committee; Responsible for scheduling of all hearings and contested matters; Responsible for court records, certification, and assuring their proper availability to parties; Transcribes records through whatever machinery or methods are at the disposal of the Court;

Secretary/receptionist - Jaycene Windy Boy

Answers all incoming telephone calls and transfers calls or takes messages for all court staff.. Maintain a filing system utilizing a numerical and alphabetized filing system. Types and files correspondence. Perform general office duties such as making copies, faxing documents, etc. Operate a fax machine, calculator, recording equipment, copier, computer, and general office equipment. Retrieves messages from voice mail and forwards to appropriate personnel. Answers incoming telephone calls, determines purpose of calls, and forward calls to appropriate personnel or department. Takes and delivers messages or transfers calls to voice mail when appropriate personnel are unavailable. Answers questions about organization and provides callers with address, directions, and other information. Welcomes on-site visitors, determines nature of business, and announces visitors to appropriate personnel. Monitors visitor access and issues passes when required. Updates appointment calendars. Receives, sorts, and routes mail; maintains and routes publications. Maintains fax machines, assists users, and sends faxes.

Security

Bailiff/Security - Deshaun Gopher

Shall maintain order in court setting. Prevents crimes or disturbances and arrests violators during the course of any court proceedings. Must familiarize self with the reservation and persons living on the reservation. Is required to note suspicious persons/establishments and report these to the supervisor. Reports hazards that endanger public safety with the tribal court area. Reports to the scene of accidents within the tribal courts area; renders first aid to injured individuals. Warns or arrests persons in violation of laws and ordinances during court proceedings. Serves court papers to residents when the Court Processor/Server is absent from the Chippewa Cree Tribal Courts; writes and files daily activity and offense incident reports to the supervisor. Cleans the building and oversees community service worker who clean the building.

Security - Harmonie Rock LaFromboise

Shall maintain order in court setting. Prevents crimes or disturbances and arrests violators during the course of any court proceedings. Must familiarize self with the reservation and persons living on the reservation. Is required to note suspicious persons/establishments and report these to the supervisor. Reports hazards that endanger public safety with the tribal court area. Reports to the scene of accidents within the tribal courts area; renders first aid to injured individuals. Warns or arrests persons in violation of laws and ordinances during court proceedings. Serves court papers to residents when the Court Processor/Server is absent from the Chippewa Cree Tribal Courts; writes and files daily activity and offense incident reports to the supervisor. Cleans the building and oversees community service worker who clean the building.

Process Server - Chamique Houle

Serves documents to the public including; Notice to Appear; Affidavit of Service; Temporary Restraining Order; Civil Complaints; Notice of Continuance; Temporary Custody Order; Warrants; Notice of Hearings; Jury Papers; Subpoena; Notice of Probate; Impound Order and other documents so mandated by the Court Administrator.

Chippewa Cree Tribe Justice System