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Judicial Council

JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF THE PRAIRIE BAND POTAWATOMI NATION
DISPUTE RESOLUTION SYSTEM

OVERVIEW

In 1992 by Tribal Council Resolution No. 92-55, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation established and activated a court system pursuant to the Tribal Constitution, comprising of the Tribal District Court and Court of Appeals. The Dispute Resolution System was modified by constitutional amendment in 2008 wherein there was established a separate and independent branch of government, a Judicial Council of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The Judicial Council is comprised of a judge of the District Court, justices of the Court of Appeals and magistrates of the Employment Disputes Tribunal. Also established is a separate mediating branch known as Peacemakers Circle.


Praire Band Potawatomi Judicial Center, 11444 158 Road, Mayetta, KS 66509

The District Court is a general jurisdiction Court of record that hears all matters within the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s jurisdiction except for election and employment related disputes.

The Employment Disputes Tribunal has the responsibility for deciding all government employment related disputes and is comprised of five (5) magistrates.

The Peacemakers Circle members are determined by the General Council and they shall have the authority for mediating disputes voluntarily submitted to them by the parties.

The Court of Appeals is the Court of last resort to which appeals may be taken from the District Court. The judicial decisions of the Court of Appeals are final and are not subject to further appeal.

STAFF DIRECTORY

  • Honorable John Wabaunsee, Chief Justice, Court of Appeals
  • Honorable Francis Skenandore, Associate Justice, Court of Appeals
  • Honorable Duane McCrary, Associate Justice, Court of Appeals
  • Honorable Theresa Barr, Administrative Judge 
  • Honorable Mary Daniels, Tribal District Court Judge
  • Honorable Ralph Simon, Tribal District Court Judge

MAILING ADDRESS

All mail to the District Court and Court of Appeals should be addressed to:

11444 158 Road,
Mayetta, Kansas 66509

PHONE NUMBERS

To contact the District Court and Court of Appeals, please call 785-966-2242 or the toll free number 866-966-2242. Fax Number - 785-966-2662.

E-MAIL

Contact via e-mail should be made to tribalcourt@pbpnation.org

TRIBAL CODES

Read or download the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Law & Order Code online.

ATTORNEY AND LAY ADVOCATE RULES

Potawatomi Law and Order Code, Chapter 5-6

The bar shall consist of those attorneys and lay advocates admitted to practice before these Courts. Applicant shall file a written petition for admission. Admission is designed to acquaint the applicants with certain aspects of practice in this Court, emphasizing the Tribal law and Tribal Court Rules. Each applicant shall take and subscribe to the Oath of Attorney before being admitted as a member of the bar of this Court. At the direction of the Tribal Court, an attorney may be granted temporary admission to practice in a pending case.

Any member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe shall be eligible for admission as a lay advocate and be held to the same standards, be entitled to the same rights, privileges, obligations, and duties, as any attorney admitted to practice before the Courts of the Tribe within this reservation. Any American Bar Association member in good standing of any competent jurisdiction is eligible for admission to the Bar of this Court.

Any member of this Bar who is guilty of violating his oath of office, misconduct, disbarred from any court of competent jurisdiction, resigns from the Bar, or who voluntarily permits the expiration of his license to practice, shall be, by this Court, deemed to have been disbarred.

Appearance of Counsel

Any member of the Bar shall enter his appearance by signing and filing a pleading, or by signing and filing a form prescribed by the Court stating that he is the counsel of record.

Courtroom Decorum.

The purpose of this rule is to emphasize the ethical principles applicable to the lawyer’s conduct in the courtroom. Members of the Bar appearing in this Court shall:

  • (A)  Be punctual
  • (B)  Not address one another by first names.
  • (C)  Not leave while Court is in session, unless Court’s permission has been first obtained.
  • (D)  Show respect for all individuals.
  • (E)  Not approach jurors who have completed a case unless authorized by the Court.
  • (F)  Avoid approaching the bench as much as possible.
  • (G)  Advise clients, witnesses, and other interested persons concerning rules of decorum to be observed in Court.
  • (H)  Rise when addressing, or being addressed by the Court.

ATTORNEY AND LAW ADVOCATE ADMISSION FORMS

Oath Of Attorney
Petition For Admission To Practice
Petition For Admission To Pratice, Oath Of Attorney/Lay Advocate, Admission To Practice
Attorney and Lay Advocate Rules

OTHER FORMS

Praecipe Foreign Subpoena

EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES TRIBUNAL

The Constitution established the Employment Disputes Tribunal (“Tribunal”) within the Judicial Council. The Tribunal is composed of five individuals called magistrates who are appointed by the Tribal Council and the Nations’ employees. The Tribunal is responsible to hear and decide government-related disputes. The procedures that govern the actions of the Tribunal will be as defined by the Nation’s law.

PEACEMAKERS

The Constitution established the Peacemakers Circle as a separate mediating branch. The number of Peacemakers will be determined as necessary by the General Council. The function of the Peacemakers is to mediate disputes that are submitted to them voluntarily by the disputing parties. The Nation’s law will define the procedures that govern the actions of the Peacemakers.

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