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. 

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 
Last filing of the day accepted at 4:30pm 


Chelsea Cope
Court Clerk
405.275.4030 x 6241

Ashley Hudson
Deputy Court Clerk 
405.275.4030 x 6336

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  


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