The purpose of the Tribal Court is to process all criminal and civil matters according to Tribal law. Staff maintains all court files, records and accounts and process all court pleadings, jury trials, motions, judgments, warrants, and commitment orders. Staff is available to assist with civil and juvenile petitions and/or any other notices as needed, with confidentiality carefully preserved. Notary services are also provided to staff and the community.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe operates a Tribal Court with jurisdiction over criminal, civil and juvenile matters. Appeals are heard by a three-judge Court of Appeals. The Tribe’s Police Department emphasizes community policing and protects public safety.
The Tribe’s primary governing document is its Constitution, which was adopted in 1939 and has been subsequently amended. An extensive code of laws with more than 20 chapters regulates fishing, hunting, gaming, traffic, domestic relations, and public health; protects children and vulnerable adults; sets forth the criminal laws of the Tribe, court and appellate procedures; and covers a growing list of other subject matters.
Copies of the Tribe’s Law & Order Code are available here on the website or for viewing at the library, court office and the tribal center. Copies of pages or sections can be obtained from the court or from the Tribal attorney’s office.