Tribal Government Departments
Tribal Court
Page last updated:
June 2, 2023
12:37 pm

Muckleshoot Tribal Court Annex

39015-D 172nd Ave SE

Auburn, WA 98092


Department Overview

The Muckleshoot Tribal Court administers the law pursuant to the Muckleshoot Code of Laws and subsequent Ordinances for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, its community, its people, and all persons, property, resources, and territories subject to its jurisdiction.

Services Provided

Legal Aid Clinic

In addition to administering the court system, the Muckleshoot Tribe also provides advice-only Legal Aid Clinic services to eligible Tribal and Community members. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Muckleshoot Tribal Court at (253) 876-3203.

Tribal Court Probation

Muckleshoot Tribal Probation supervises defendants on probation, including regular check-ins, drug/alcohol testing, investigations to determine compliance, compliance checks, completing reports to the court and attending hearings. Probation further assist in formulating and implementing alternative sentencing and/or sanctions to confinement. Probation works with other Tribal programs and departments in regards to clients under the jurisdiction of Tribal Court, coordinating with other programs regarding treatment, employment, education, and community service.

Process Service

Serving legal documents for Tribal Court for Criminal matters, Exclusions, Elder Protection Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders. A process server’s primary job is to deliver legal documents to a party named in a legal action. The purpose is to provide notice that the legal action has begun or that documents have been filed in the case.

Nuisance Investigator

Conduct home/property visits with regard to the Tribe’s Nuisance Ordinance violations. Working with the Community Safety Team, Local Law Enforcement, Code Enforcement, the community and the Prosecutor’s Office for compliance and or corrective action through the courts. Providing local resource information such as shelters, programing, clothing, food, and treatment outreach referrals. Working with community members to hear their concerns, discuss solutions and following up with the concerns.

Healing to Wellness Court

This court will seek to reduce alcohol and other drug abuse and recidivism among our nonviolent offenders who come before the tribal court. In order for us to accomplish this we will implement judicial intervention, supervision, treatment, Substance use Disorder treatment as well as Mental Health counseling. Some of our functions will include:

  • Completing intake assessments; 
  • Combining the information obtained during the intake and assessment process with decisions made in the case;
  • Coordinating between the court, the treatment community, the educational institutions and other community agencies. All will respond, as needed, to the needs of the participant, his/her family and the court; 
  • Providing active and continuous judicial supervision of a participant’s progress in the various program components;
  • Using incentives to recognize a participant’s progress in his/her treatment and using sanctions for noncompliance;
  • Focusing on the overall functioning of the participant throughout the Wellness Court program, in order to encourage and teach positive decision-making as a part of a healthy lifestyle;
  • Reducing recidivism by developing individualized treatment plans and monitoring a participant’s
  • progress while in the program; and
  • Using family support systems to encourage personal accountability.

Juvenile Healing to Wellness Program

The mission of the Muckleshoot Juvenile Healing to Wellness Program is to maximize cultural and strength based services provided to juveniles that reduce drug use and criminal activity. The Healing to Wellness Team is committed to reducing recidivism and providing care for substance abuse as an alternative to punitive action.

In 2021 an Elders Panel Program was created to have discussions with Juveniles that were in the Healing to Wellness Program, The Panel consists of 6 Elders, a note taker and Juvenile Coordinator.

Services Provided:

  • Cultural Application
  • Monthly Status Reports
  • Evaluations
  • Intro to Family Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Intake Assessments
  • Educational Benchmarks
  • Incentives (movie tickets, drum, Etc.)
  • Using family supporting systems to encourage personal accountability individualized treatment plans.

Resources Used:

  • Cultural Program
  • Family Youth Services
  • Virginia Cross Building
  • Probation Department
  • Muckleshoot Tribal School
  • Warriors Path
  • Elders Panel

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