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Tribal Court Elders Panel

Elders of the tribe volunteer their time to sit on the Elders Panel. The panel meets at the court every two weeks to meet with young (18–25 years old), first-time, non-violent offenders who have been charged with minor criminal offenses.

Participation in the Elders Panel is voluntary by the offender. If the offender successfully completes the one-year requirements imposed by the Elders Panel, the offender's charges will be dismissed in Court.

The Elders Panel may require: regular appearances before the panel, writing letters of apology, community service, substance abuse treatment, impose curfews, UAs, research of family history, spiritual activity (not necessarily religious), anger management classes, mental health evaluations, and no new law violations.

Tribal Court’s previous Chief Judge Bass referred more than 65 young people to the Panel in the last nine years of which fewer than ten percent have returned to the court system.

Recognized by the Washington State Bar Association for the Local Hero Award of 2009

Several members of the Tulalip Tribal Court's Elders Panel were honored by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) for the Local Hero Award on Fri., July 24th in a ceremony at the Tulalip Resort Hotel. The WSBA Board of Governors searches statewide for noteworthy programs that have made substantial contributions to their communities, such as the Tulalip Tribal Court Elders Panel. Most often, these awards go to lawyers, but in special circumstances, this recognition is bestowed upon non-lawyers. Congratulations to the important work of the Tulalip Tribal Court Elders Panel for their civic contributions to this community, and our young adults.

Current members of the Tulalip Elders Panel 2017:

  • Donald C. Hatch Jr.
  • Bill Topash
  • Eleanor M. Nielsen
  • Ginnie “Virginia” Carpenter
  • Sharon Mark
  • Hank Williams
  • Maureen Alexander