The Yerington PaiuteTribal Court was established in XXXX. It exists to serve the legal needs of the members of the Yerington Paiute tribal  community and particularly, although not exclusively, tribal members who reside within Yerington Paiute tribal land. In that sense it shares a common purpose with other Tribal Courts throughout Indian Country. Of the approximately 500 Federally recognized Tribes, upwards of 200 Tribes have their own Court systems. The Courts are as varied as the Tribes themselves and range from tradition-based systems with little or no written rules or codes to systems that mirror Courts in the Federal and State systems (that is, Courts with a formalized, rule-based, adversary system). 

Contact information for the Office of the Court:

                (775)-783-0200, ext. 146


Generally, the Yerington Paiute Tribal Court is able to hear a wide range of civil matters, including divorces, child custody disputes, probate matters as well as Complaints for Protective Orders (both Protection from Harassment and Protection from Abuse). In certain cases (where both parties are members of either the  Yerington Paiute Tribe and both parties live on the reservation), it is the only Court that can hear the dispute.


Your Yerington Paute Tribal Court Staff

Presiding Judge:

          Sandra-Mae Pickens

Tribal Prosecutor:

          Anne Laughlin

 Court Clerk:

          Amy Dodge

Appellate Court Staff

Chief Justice:

           James Van Winkle

Associate Judge:

           Wayne Pederson

Associate Judge:

           Bill Kockenmeister

Associate Judge:

           Treva Hearne


Where to Start.

The Clerk's Office is usually the first stop in any Civil proceeding. The Clerk's Office is the source of various forms that may be required to begin a civil proceeding. The Clerk is prohibited from providing legal advice. While the Clerk can explain the nature of various forms, the parties must complete the forms on their own without the assistance of the Clerk. Court fees in connection with beginning a civil action are fairly small in most cases and can be, if requested, reduced or entirely waived by the Judge.

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