Judicial Commission

Judicial Commission

Thomas Limberhand, Chairman

Marvin Belcourt, Vice-Chairman

Sapphire Carter, Secretary

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.

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. Ensures that any amendments or modifications to the Chippewa Cree Law & Order ordinances are incorporated into existing laws and ordinances and that any such amendments or modifications are implemented by the Chippewa Cree Courts. Supervise and define the duties of all staff, revise as necessary. Develop and oversee an annual budget for the operation of the Tribal Court System for submittal to the Judicial Commission for approval. Responsible for generating financial statements. Composes correspondence and maintains a well-organized department. Signs purchase orders, check requests, employee leave slips and time sheets.

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.

Brandon LaMere  - Associate Judge          &         RICHARD GARDIPEE - ASSOCIATE JUDGE

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

aLTHEA GOPHER, Clerk of Court

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;

Lacey Gardipee, - Assistant Clerk / Receptionist

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; Collects 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; Responsible for filing and drafting of complaints, render general assistance to the Court; Maintains a filing system utilizing a chronological numerical and alphabetized filing system outlined in the Tribal Court Clerk of Court Manual; Types correspondence and drafts legal documents; Creates and encodes information into the Fullcourt database including name, dates, charges, disposition, etc.;

Tina Chief Stick – Admin assistant/secretary/receptionist

Answers all incoming telephone calls and transfers calls or takes messages for all court staff. Takes meeting minutes for the Judicial Commission meetings. 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 / Custodian / Security

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.

Data Entry TECHNICIAN

Organize information, services and support, to assure data systems function smoothly and efficiently. Scan, enter and process a variety of information into FullCourt database system. Assist in coding documents, verifying records for accuracy, proof and correct data and records. Extract and compile reports and forms, and verify contents for accuracy and completeness. Plan and coordinate timelines, procedures and services to assure successful completion of assignments. Perform clerical work such as proof reading, typing/keyboarding, filing and record keeping. Communicate with staff and regarding Traffic citation. Attends and keeps a written record of traffic and Juvenile court proceedings;

Humberto Luna - Process Server

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