Childrens Court

Childrens Court (0)

The Comanche Nation Children's Court was established on April 9, 1987, under the authority of Article VI, Section 7, and Subsection (J) of the Constitution of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.  The Courts powers and duties are set forth in the Children's Court Codes, pursuant to the inherent sovereignty of the Comanche Nation and in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

 

The Comanche Nation Children's Court is designed to assist its members who have children enrolled in the Comanche Nation or eligible for enrollment.  The Court, in addition to receiving cases from the Indian Child Welfare Program, receives referrals from Social Services & the Child Protection Officer.

 

The Comanche Nation Children's Court is housed at the Family Services Building located at 1921 E. Gore Blvd., Lawton, OK.  The mailing address is P.O. Box 646, Lawton, OK 73502.  Current business hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  The office is closed for lunch from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM daily.  The office is closed for all national holidays and all Comanche Nation holidays.

 

Jurisdiction

 

Based on the Codes, the Comanche Nation Children's Court (CNCC) has jurisdiction of the following:

 

 

  • Indian Child Welfare (ICW) cases to include child abuse or neglect; deprivation; a child in need of treatment; and/or a child in need of supervision
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianship - children, incompetent and/or incapacitated adults
  • Emancipation
  • Paternity
  • Name Changes
  • Marriage
  • Child Support

Adoptions - applicants MUST be represented by counsel.

 

Guardianship - someone other than mother and father.  Guardian applicants MUST file for child support against mother and father.

 

Marriages - one or both parties MUST be enrolled Comanche.  Persons performing the ceremony MUST consent to the jurisdiction of CNCC and be registered with the Court Clerk's Office.

 

Court Costs

Court costs are in the amount of $35.00, payable to the Comanche Nation Children's Court by money order or cashier's check.  No personal checks or cash will be accepted.

 

Dockets

The Court currently conducts two (2) ICW and guardianship dockets per month, the second and forth Thursdays of each month.  Child Support dockets will be held every month, commencing October 2015, on the third Wednesday of the month.  Hearings are typically held at the New Conference Room located in the Higher Education Building on the Comanche Nation Complex, 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton, OK.  Court convenes at 9:30 AM and Child Support dockets commence at 10:00 AM.

 

Weapons, Tobacco, Illegal Drugs and/or Alcohol are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited, regardless of whether or not, the individual has any type of firearm permit.  Any questionable items will be removed by law enforcement.

Tobacco products in any form whether synthetic, true or e-cigarettes and vapor devices are not allowed in the Courtroom.

No drugs and/or alcohol are allowed.  If a person appears for Court and is intoxicated by way of alcohol or drugs entry into the Courtroom will be denied and that person will be deemed to not have made an appearance and be subject to arrest.

 

Dress Code

Persons (all genders) making an appearance before the Court shall be dressed appropriately.

Inappropriate attires includes:

 

  • shorts
  • tank tops
  • spaghetti strap tops
  • crop tops
  • T-shirts (no obscene, profane gestures or profanity)
  • visible undergarments
  • baggie or sagging pants
  • see-through shirts
  • bare or mid shirts
  • distracting clothing

Appropriate attire includes:

 

  • Men - long pants, collared shirts with sleeves
  • Women - long pants or capris, dresses or skirts (of moderate length), shirts or blouses

All person MUST remove hats and non-prescription sunglasses before entering the Courtroom.

 

Electronics

Personal mobile devices shall be turned off and no recording of proceedings shall be allowed except for the purpose of displaying or providing evidence.  Violation of the above recording rule shall subject the violator to confiscation of the device.

 

Conduct

Persons in attendance shall be quiet except when called upon by the Court to speak, and shall refrain from entering and exiting the Courtroom while a hearing is being conducted on a specific case.  Only parties to the action will be allowed access to the Courtroom unless otherwise stated by the Judge.

 

Common Questions

-- Can Children's Court handle custody cases between natural mother and natural father?

No.  Custody matters between natural mother and natural father should be handled through CFR Court (if one or all parties is tribally enrolled) or in the District Court where the child resides.

 

-- Can an Indian Child Welfare case be transferred into the Comanche Nation Children's Court?

Yes.  This option is at the discretion of Indian Child Welfare (ICW) and, ultimately, the decision of the Judge.

 

-- Is the Court Administrator, Court Clerk, or his/her staff permitted to give legal advice?

No.  Only attorneys are allowed to furnish legal advice.


-- Does the Comanche Nation have attorneys provided for representation of a tribal member?

No.  The attorneys employed by the Comanche Nation are for legal representation of the Nation and not for individuals.

 

Disclaimer

The intent of this webpage is to provide pertinent information regarding the processes and structure of the Comanche Nation Children's Court. The Court is not responsible for any misinterpretations of the information provided on this page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Staff

Pamela K. Adair
Court Clerk/Court Administrator

 

Honorable Tobias Robles
Chief Judge

 

Honorable Cornelia J. Karty
Associate Judge

 

Honorable Rita J. Coosewoon
Associate Judge

 

Lisa Otipoby-Herbert
Prosecutor

 

Contact

Ph:  (580) 280 4744

Fax: (580) 595 9423

 

Mailing

Comanche Nation Children's Court
P.O. Box 646
Lawton, OK 73502

 

Address

1921 East Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73502