Due to the current Public Health Emergency declared by the State of Florida and the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Tribal Council has declared an emergency closing Tribal Wide beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice, as we strive to keep our Tribal Community and employees safe at this time. 

Some Seminole Tribe Of Florida  and Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc. departments have 24/7 operations and will remain open with limited business hours until further notice. Please check our site for continuous updates and information. We Thank You for your continued business and support.

 

 

Tribal Court will be closed to the public until further notice.  New case filings will not be accepted during the Court closure. Telephone and email inquiries are still being monitored for rescheduling of hearings and submission of due documents.

Tribal Court

The Tribal Council, under the authority of the Constitution of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, at Article X, has established a division of the judicial branch of government to be known as the Seminole Court. 

The powers of the Seminole Court are vested in the Seminole Tribe of Florida Appellate Court and the Seminole Tribe of Florida Trial Court. The Seminole Court shall have broad civil jurisdiction to hear cases and controversies that are brought before the Court.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Tribal Court shall insure the just, efficient and unbiased resolution of conflict for all persons who come before the Court. The Court will respect the customs and traditions of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and will ensure that the rights and powers which are inherent to the Tribe’s sovereign status are secure.

 

SEMINOLE TRIAL COURT

The Seminole Trial Court consists of a Chief Judge and two associate judges. All judges of the Seminole Court must be members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida per the Tribal Constitution and must abide by the Seminole Tribal Court Code of Judicial Conduct.

The Chief Judge or one of his associate judges will hear those cases filed with the Trial Court.

The Trial Court has a Judicial Advisor on staff who provides advice and assistance to the Judges on matters of law and procedure.

 

SEMINOLE APPELLATE COURT

The Seminole Appellate Court consists of a Chief Justice and two associate justices. All justices of the Seminole Appellate Court must be members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida per the Tribal Constitution and must abide by the Seminole Tribal Court Code of Judicial Conduct.

Appeals from the Trial Court shall be heard by a panel of three Appellate Court Justices. The decisions of the Appellate Court cannot be overturned by Tribal Council.