Court

It is the goal of the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma to foster a strong and stable Tribal Government so we can exercise our authority as a sovereign nation/ to upgrade the current court services by expanding its caseload consistently each year to meet the needs of tribal members and other Native Americans within the tribal jurisdiction. The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Court consist of three Supreme Court Justices, 3 District Court Judges, 1 Special Judge and two Alternate Supreme/District Court Judges.

The District Court is scheduled four times monthly and is able to respond to emergency situations. The Supreme Court is called into session when necessary and upon the filing of an appeal.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Court handles civil, criminal, Indian Child Welfare matters, juvenile matters and Wellbriety (Drug and Alcohol) matters.  The Court provides a limited selection of forms to assist pro se litigants for many civil actions, such as divorce, guardianships, custody and judgments. The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Court also provides Marriage Licenses.

A limited selection of forms are available below or in the Court Clerk's office. A list of Court Fees is listed below, and in the Court Clerk's office. For all documents that are filed a Contact Sheet which is located below or in the Court Clerk's office is required. All forms can be retyped and adjusted to fit each parties personal needs. 

The Court Clerk's Office is not allowed to advise you on what to write on your pleadings. If you need assistance in filling it out. You may need to consult with or seek an attorney. You can contact Legal Aid or Oklahoma Indian Legal Services for assistance, but you must meet their criteria to receive assistance. 

The Court Clerk's office does not provide court order's for any case unless ordered by the Judge. You are responsible for any and all pleadings and pleading's provided in the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Court kiosk are the pleadings offered by the Court Clerk's office if you are seeking additional pleadings not provided please contact an attorney.

All cases must be paid for when filing. The Absentee Shawnee Tribe accepts money orders made out to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. 

Divorce/Child Custody Forms 
Grandparents Rights Forms 
Child Custody Orders 
Guardianship Forms
Name Change Forms
Adoption Forms 
Power of Attorney 
Additional Family Law Forms
Guardian Ad Litem Forms 
Miscellaneous Forms
Court Fees Schedule

AST Code of Laws
Civil Code
Juvenile Code 
Domestic Violence Code
Criminal Code 
Wellbriety Code
Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8am-5pm 

Closed for Lunch 12-1pm
Last filing of the day accepted at 4:30pm 
405.481.8575

PHASE II Modified – Split Shift Announcement

Absentee Shawnee Tribal Government Offices will move to Phase II Modified Operations starting Monday, August 30, 2021.

All departments will move to Split-Shift operations.

AST Complex will be open to Tribal members by appointment only, no other visitors will be allowed on campus. A 24-hour notice for an appointment will be required. Curb service or electronic service is encouraged. Masks are required.

Clerks

Email all filings to Court@astribe.com

Chelsea Cope
Court Clerk
405.275.4030 x 6241
ChelseaC@astribe.com

Ashley Hudson
Deputy Court Clerk 
405.275.4030 x 6336
AHudson@astribe.com

Address

2025 Gordon Cooper Drive 
Shawnee, OK 74801 

Fax: 405.273.7193

Judges of the District Court

Mat Thomas 
Daniel Couch 
Michael Smith

Associate Supreme/ District Court Justices

James Stuart 
Brandy Nowakowski 

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 

Michael Warwick

Special Judge

Robert Gifford  

Dockets
Resources

Free Legal Assistance with income qualifications. 

Legal Aid - Shawnee, OK 405.275.6870

Oklahoma Indian Legal Service 405.943.6457

Child Support Assistance 

Tribal Child Support Services 405.382.1510