Tribal Court | San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
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San Manuel Tribal Court

Established in 2003 Opened in 2009


The Tribal Court exercises general civil jurisdiction over our citizens and anyone who has consented to tribal jurisdiction. This includes those who have entered the San Manuel Reservation or anyone engaging in contractual relations with our Tribe.

Our Tribal Court does not hear any gaming-related disputes, which are handled and heard by the Gaming Commission.


Our Judges


Our Tribal Court consists of the Trial Court and Appellate Court. The Appellate Court hears appeals from final judgments and final orders of the Trial Court. The Chief Judge of the Trial Court acts as the Chief Administrator of both courts.

Our General Council appoints both the Chief Judge and Appellate Judge, while the Business Committee appoints the Pro Tempore Judges. The Judiciary Committee consults on all appointments.


Tribal Law

To request a copy of a Tribal law, please submit the below form to the Clerk of Court. 

Request for Tribal Ordinances

All requests are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Judiciary Committee. 

Tribal Citizens may obtain a copy of Tribal laws at the Tribal Court upon showing proof of Tribal membership to the Clerk of the Court.

Non-Tribal Citizens who would like to review a copy of applicable Tribal laws must schedule an appointment with the Clerk of the Court. 

Attorneys Authorized to Practice in San Manuel Tribal Court

View the public listing of attorneys authorized to practice in San Manuel Tribal Court

View Public Listing


Please click the following links to download the document.


If you are filing by email, send all court documents to Documents must be in PDF format with the case number and document name in the subject line. 

You will receive written confirmation of the date and time of recorded receipt by the Clerk of the Court. 

Any filing fees need to be delivered to the court within five (5) court days of the received written confirmation either in person or via US Mail.

Cash, Money Order, or Check are accepted and must be made payable to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI). Credit cards are not accepted. 

San Manuel Indian Reservation

3214 Victoria Avenue

Highland, CA 92346

Phone: (909) 907-6920


Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday | 9:00am - 5:00pm


New Year’s Day  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

President’s Day 

Memorial Day 


Independence Day 

Labor Day 

California Native American Day

Veteran’s Day 

Thanksgiving Day 

Native American Heritage Day

Christmas Eve 

Christmas Day