P.O. Box 305 102 Lolo Street Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Telephone: (208) 843-7338 | Email: | Fax: (208) 843-7337

The Nez Perce Tribal Court is a court of general jurisdiction, and hears criminal, civil, juvenile, and domestic relations cases. Personnel includes a Chief Judge, Associate Judge, Court Administrator, Court Clerks, Bailiff, and Court Navigator. The Court regularly works with the Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Tribal Police for transport, Social Services/Indian Child Welfare Program, and Child Support Enforcement.

NOTE: Ex parte contact with any judge is NOT allowed unless the Tribal Code provides an exception. “Ex parte” is a Latin phrase meaning “on one side only; by or for one party.” An ex parte communication occurs when a party to a case, or someone involved with a party, talks or writes (emails) to or otherwise communicates directly with the judge about the issues in the case without the other parties’ knowledge. 


Last updated:  February 15, 2024 0925hrs 

  Trial Date Case No. Case Type Judge
March 27, 2024 CR. 23-175 A.W. Criminal Phillips
March 27, 2024 CR. 23-151/179 G.B. Criminal Phillips
April 2-3, 2024 CR. 23-183 L.B. Criminal Phillips
April 24, 2024 CR. 23-101 et al. A.L. Criminal Phillips
May 8, 2024 CR. 23-192 R.J., Jr. Criminal Phillips
June 26, 2024 CR. 23-066/067 L.H. Criminal Phillips


Jury Pool 2024

The 2024 Jury Pool consists of approximately 184 names randomly drawn from the Master Jury Pool List (all eligible jurors). Notices for the 2024 Jury Pool were placed in the U.S. mail on January 18, 2024. Questions? Email

Court Staff

  • Natasha Anderson, Chief Judge
  • Hazel Arthur, Healing-To-Wellness Court Coordinator
  • Marla Cuevas-Jimenez, Court Administrator
  • Michelle Cutfinger, Court Clerk
  • Shanelle Freouf, Court Clerk
  • Ricky Hernandez, Court Navigator
  • Jeffrey Phillips, Associate Judge
  • Latoya Sisto, Court Bailiff
  • Yvette Whitman, Data Entry