Yurok Tribal Court News

Contacting Yurok Tribal Court during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Yurok Tribal Court, programs and services are still operational during this time.  The Yurok Justice Center and all offices are currently physically closed to the public at this time.  Court hearings are physically closed to the public and are currently being held by Zoom Conferencing. A Request for Telephonic Appearance or a Request for Video Conference Appearance can be requested and emailed to CourtClerk@yuroktribe.nsn.us or by fax (707) 482-0105 or by mail to PO Box 1027 Klamath Blvd. Klamath, CA 95548.

 Court Operations

  • The Clerks Office is still accepting court filings at the Clerk e-mail at CourtClerk@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • A drop box is placed at the front of the Justice Center for court filings and checked regularly
  • Yurok Justice Center’s front door is closed to the public.
  • Phone Contact: (707) 482-1350 ext. 1406

Legal Access Center

  • Facebook page created at the following location @yuroklegalaccess
  • Staff are still available during this time to assist with filing and documents via Facebook, phone calls or video conferencing. No face to face contact with staff.
  • Email Contact: ylac@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: (707) 951-6813

Yurok Child Support Services

  • Staff are still available for phone and email contact
  • YCSS is still receiving and processing payments
  • Email Contact: ycss@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: (707) 684-6116

Yurok Wellness Court

  • Staff are still available for phone and email contact
  • No face to face contact
  • Drug testing referred to an outside agency
  • No scheduled driving assignments during this time
  • Email Contact: Wellness@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: Lori Nesbitt (707) 954-3552 or Melinda Escarcega at (707) 561-2731 or Marie Decora at (707) 458-5911 or Tay Buck at (707) 951-2978 or Eleonor Beall at (707) 954-6310

Youth At-Risk Program

  • Staff are still available for phone and email contact
  • No face to face contact
  • Email Contact: bshorty@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: Bessie Shorty at (707) 951-9372 or Lisa Hayden at (707) 951-4423

Yurok Hey-wech-ek’ Program (domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking)

  • Staff are still available for phone and email contact
  • No face to face contact
  • Email Contact: vbates@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: Vicky Bates at (888) 225-8720/(707) 954-8737 or Kapoon Tripp (707) 951-6553 or Erika Meyer at (707) 951-9735
  • Laura Woods, Community Outreach Specialist at (707) 458-4116

Yurok Elder Advocacy Program

  • Staff are still available for phone and email contact
  • No face to face contact
  • Email Contact: njones@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: Noreen Jones at (707) 954-9179

Yurok Reentry Program

  • Staff are still available for phone and email contact
  • No face to face contact
  • Email Contact: aforsht@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: Andrew Forsht at (707) 954-2374

Yurok Batterers Program

  • Groups are being held by Zoom conferencing.
  • No face to face contact
  • Email Contact: slowry@yuroktribe.nsn.us
  • Phone Contact: Sandra Lowry at (707) 951-5747

Veterans Honoring Ceremony

Yurok Veterans Honoring Ceremony held at the Yurok Veterans Cemetery November 11, 2019.  The Ceremony was sponsored by the Yurok Tribal Council and included a Wreath Laying Ceremony. The event was coordinated by Yurok Veteran Wellness Coordinator Jared Ammon (far right).

Veterans Day Ceremony

Wellness Court

Jessica Carter (left), the Yurok Tribal Court’s Assistant Director and Yurok Chief Judge Abby Abinanti were presented with an Honors Award for the Yurok Wellness Court’s innovative, cutting-edge and collaborative approach to administrating justice.

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