Red Lake Nation maintains its own Tribal Courts that provides both criminal and civil services for the band members. Court staff handle as many as 2,000 criminal and civil proceedings annually.
The Tribal Courts moved to the new Criminal Justice Complex on the west edge of Red Lake in 2009. The facility includes two courtrooms: Courtroom A is intended for adult proceedings as well as for marriages and other civil cases; Courtroom B is for hearing all juvenile-related matters. The offices of the court staff, prosecution and defense are also housed in the building, as well.
The Tribal Courts hear all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases resulting from violations of the Tribal Code. Certain felony crimes are adjudicated in federal court. Traffic citations are also settled within the courts.
Several other programs are included in the Tribal Court system as well, including: probation, and child support, among others. Probation officers are in place to insure that those convicted follow through with their court mandated punishments and fines.
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