The mission of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court is to provide equitable and expedient resolution of conflict by the impartial administration of justice to ensure a safe community through strengthening our families and reducing crime.
Having a Tribal Court is one of the hallmarks of a government and an exercise of our tribe’s sovereignty. Our Tribal Court system has a two-tiered framework, with a trial-level court and an appellate court. The trial-level Tribal Court was first established by Board Resolution 5/11/77J in 1977. The board of directors, under the authority set forth in Article VII, Section 1(g) of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, established the Tribal Court as it currently exists within Chapter 80 of the Tribal Code. Chapter 80 provides that the Tribal Court has “the jurisdiction provided in the Tribal Code and in any subsequent enactment of the Board of Directors.” Tribal Code §80.106. The Tribal Appellate Court, which has “the exclusive jurisdiction to review the decisions of the Tribal Court,” was established via enactment of Chapter 82 of the Tribal Code. Tribal Code §82.109.
Tribal Code currently provides that the Tribal Court has jurisdiction to hear the following types of cases: criminal, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, landlord-tenant, guardianship, civil garnishment, adoptions, conservation, torts, workers compensation, traffic, civil infraction, enforcement of foreign judgments, civil contempt, emancipation, general civil, and personal protection orders.
Jocelyn K. Fabry
Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court
P.O. Box 932
2175 Shunk Road
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Telephone: (906) 635-4963
Facsimile: (906) 635-4952