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About Us

 

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 Nations 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

 

COURT COSTS

Court costs are in the amount of $35.00, payable to 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 ICW and Guardianship dockets per month, the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Child Support dockets will be held every month, commencing on the third Wenesday of the month. Hearings are typically held at the New Conference Room located in the Higher Educaiton Building on the Comanche Nation Complex, 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton, Oklahoma. Court convenes at 9:30 a.m. and Child Support dockets commence at 10:00 a.m.

 

WEAPONS, TOBACCO, ILLEGAL DRUGS, AND ALCOHOL 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 producats in any form whether synthetic, true or e-cigarattes and vapor devces 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, no entry into the Courtroom will be allowed and that person will be deemed to to have not appeared and subject to arrest.

 

DRESS

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

Shorts, spaghetti strap tops, T-shirts (no obscene, profane gestures or profanity), baggie or sagging pants, bare or mid shirts, tank tops, crop tops, visible under garments, see-through shirts, and distracting clothing.

 

Appropriate attire includes:

All persons must remove hats and non-prescription sunglasses before entering the Courtroom.

 

Men:

Long pants and collared shirts with sleeves moderate.

Women:

Long pants, capris, skirts (of length), shirts, or blouses.

 

ELECTRONICS

Personal mobile devices shall be turned off and no recording of proceedings shall be allowed except for 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. Currently the childrens court does not have jurisdiction over custody matters.

 

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 presentation 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.