COVID-19: Tribal Court Closures 3/25/20

Adminitrative Order Filed March 25, 2020 by Kalispel Tribal Court:

WHEREAS, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians issued a Public Health Emergency Declaration adopted by Council Resolution dated March 18, 2020 declaring a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 in response to the public health emergency that affects its Tribal government and enterprise operations; and

WHEREAS, by Resolution of the Kalispel Tribal Council, emergency authority has been granted to this Court to adopt, modify, and suspend court rules and orders, and to take further action concerning court operations as warranted to address the current state of emergency and the health and safety of the public.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

This emergency standing order shall be in effect for Kalispel Tribal Court immediately, and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Kalispel Tribal Court Chief Judge. This Administrative Order shall apply to all persons who are transacting business with the Kalispel Tribal Court and shall include, but is not limited to, attorneys, spokespersons, parties, witnesses, and jurors.

1. COURTHOUSE ACCESS:

Only the Court Administrator and Court Clerks will be permitted inside the courthouse. All others may seek court services and to avail themselves as set forth below in this Administrative Order.

2. CIVIL MATTERS:

All civil matters, including Youth in Need of Care and Guardianship proceedings, currently scheduled for court hearings shall be continued by the Court for a minim time period of Thirty (30) days. The Court will be providing notices of new court dates to parties in these matters.

3. CRIMINAL MATTERS:

The Court hereby finds good cause to continue all criminal matters, including all jury trials, for a minimum of Twenty-One (21) days which shall be considered to be an excluded time period for purposes of speedy trial.

The Court’s jury trial line shall be updated to state that all jury trials for the month of March and April are continued and jurors called for these months are relieved of their jury service.

No criminal in custody defendants shall be transported for a minimum period of Twenty-One (21) days.

Any essential criminal in custody hearings, including first appearances on mandatory arrest charges, shall be conducted telephonically.

Any party wishing to continue their currently set criminal matter out longer than 21 days may execute a Speedy Trial Waiver and request new court dates which will be provided to the parties by the Court.

4. FILINGS:

The Court shall accept all court filings either via email at: jbradley@www.sailyourdream.cn or ckintner@www.sailyourdream.cn, or via US mail sent to: Kalispel Tribal Court, Post Office Box 96, Usk, WA 99 180.

5. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS and SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTECTION ORDERS:

The Court finds good cause to continue DVPO and SAPO cases currently set for hearing for a minimum of Thirty (30) days. Temporary Protection Orders will remain in place and in full force and effect, and the court will notify the parties of new court dates.

New petitions for emergency Domestic Violence Protection Orders or Sexual Assault Protection Orders may be filed with the Court via email or US mail as describe above. If parties need legal assistance from Kalispel Tribe Victim Assistance Services, the parties may call KTVAS for telephonic assistance at 1-877-700-7175. The Court shall continue to review emergency protection order petitions and issue temporary protection orders if appropriate and shall set hearing dates at least Thirty (30) days out.

6. PROBATION REQUIREMENTS:

Any individual with a current court-ordered UA requirement shall report directly to Absolute Drug Testing at 1710 W Mission Avenue, Spokane, WA 9920 1 as required.

Any individual currently under court-ordered supervised probation shall continue to call in or email Probation Officer Gunnar Watson at gwatson@www.sailyourdream.cn as required.

7. EX PARTE/BENCH WARRANT QUASH REQUEST:

For a minimum of Thirty (30) days, the court will not conduct any ex parte/bench warrant requests. Any individual wishing to file documents with the Court may file via email or US mail as described above.

The Judge may issue further orders as may be necessary if this state of emergency continues to exist to ensure the safety and health of the public.

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What is closed?
  • Kalispel Casino
  • Wetlands
  • Camas Center recreation facilities
  • Camas Center day care
  • The Camas Deli
  • All areas of Northern Quest Resort & Casino
  • Kalispel Golf and Country Club
  • Fatburger 5-mile
  • Tribal Government offices
What is staying open?
  • Camas Center Clinic
  • Kalispel Market
  • Public Safety
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Legal
  • Planning & Public Works
  • Kalispel Market Fuel & Convenience Stations
  • Kalispel Linen Services

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