➤ location

609 Main Street
New Town, ND 58763

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM

☎ contact

Phone: (701) 627-4803
Fax: (701) 627-4602


Vision Statement

We will be a court system characterized by excellent service that strives to attain justice for the individual and community through the rule of law.
We will:

  • Provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all without excess cost, inconvenience or delay.
  • Strive to integrate traditional methods of dispute resolution into the judicial process.
  • Provide quality service that continuously improves.
  • Treat people with courtesy, dignity and respect.
  • Have an independent judiciary that decides cases based on the facts and law.
  • Maintain an open and strong relationship with the governing authority.
  • Acknowledge and enhance the potential of every person in our organization, recognizing that they contribute to the administration of justice.
  • Share a sense of common identity and purpose as the judicial system for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
  • Earn the respect and confidence of an informed public.

Mission Statement

To provide equal justice to protect our culture and traditions and sovereignty.


Core values of the MHA Nation Judicial System

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Independence
  • Quality of Service

Administration

The administrative office assists in the management of the judicial administration. This office provides oversight in planning and direction of the court. The responsibilities of this Office include analyzing, planning and organizing special projects, and provides leadership in complex administrative and operational areas. The duties include completing accounts payable and receivable, bonds/fines and fees, attorney applications and current listing, processing background checks, vehicle maintenance, all personnel administration, travel, and conducting and filing mandatory reports. Within this office is the Electronic Court Recorder who is responsible for making a verbatim record of district and juvenile court trials, proceedings and other matters using audio recording equipment, writing court logs, noting appearance and essential events during these proceedings and providing transcripts as required. He/she also clerks for the Supreme Court of the Fort Berthold District Court. 

 

 

Court Administrator: Marvel Heart
Accounts Manager: Toni Vandall
Administrative Assistant: Vacant
Receptionist: Allison Thomasson
Business Manager: Elizabeth Yellow Bird
Court Recorder: Carolyn Spotted Horse


civil court office

The Civil office includes the all Deputy Clerks and the Chief Clerk of Court. The Chief Clerk is responsible for performing and assisting other Deputy Clerks in duties associated withcase management activities of criminal, civil, traffic, appeals, or other cases before district and juvenile court from initial filing to disposition. The Deputy Clerks prepare, organize and control case file from opening to closure; attend court
hearings, and process court orders. They also maintain records, logs and files; and receive and record all fees, fines, bonds, restitution or other receipts submitted. 

 

 

Chief Clerk of Court: Charlene Knight
Deputy Clerk: Cynthia Alcocer
Deputy Clerk: Thomas Fredericks
Deputy Clerk: Amanda Grey Owl
Deputy Clerk: Xavier Tortalita


Prosecutor (Criminal) Office

The Prosecutor's office (criminal office) reviews and drafts criminal complaints for their
legal sufficiency and represents the MHA Nation in criminal matters brought before the
court. The prosecutor reviews and provides legal representation on petitions brought in
the name of the Tribes including, but not limited to, juvenile court, mental health, and
commitments and restraining orders. The responsibilities include representing clients
in judicial proceedings in a competent, effective and ethical manner; keep abreast of
statutory and decisional law in areas of practice; and overall perform duties as
mandated in the Code of Laws of the Three Affiliated Tribes. 

 

 

Chief Prosecutor: Rob Ackre
Assistant Prosecutor: Vacant
Prosecutor Clerk: Delta Black Hawk
Data Entry: Kayla Brady


Public Defender

This office represents indigent clients and juvenile clients in judicial proceedings in the MHA Nation District and on appeals to the MHA Nation Supreme Court, this includes representing individuals as mandated by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and Tribal Law and Order Act; and, overall perform duties as mandated in the Code of Laws of the Three Affiliated Tribes. 

 

 

 


Fort Berthold District Court Judges

The role of the Judge may play many roles. They interpret the law, assess the evidence
presented, and control how hearings and trials unfold in their courtrooms. Most
important of all, judges are impartial decision-makers in the pursuit of justice. It is the
duty of the Judge to conduct a fair and impartial hearing, to assure that the facts are
fully elicited, to adjudicate all issues and avoid delay. The Judge shall have authority
with respect to cases assigned to him/her, between the time he/she is designated and
the time he/she issues the decision, subject to the rules and regulations of the Code of
Laws of the Three Affiliated Tribes. 

 

 

Chief Judge: Vacant
Associate Judge: Mary Seaworth
Associate Judge: Vacant
Magistrate: Kermit Heart
Magistrate: Richard Jackson


juvenile office

The Juvenile Office is responsible for directing all juvenile court services and programs. This office provides leadership in fostering and development of community wide programs. The staff plans, organizes and directs programs to provide juvenile services in accordance with court rules, local ordinances and applicable Tribal and Federal law. This office oversees and monitors case management activities. They conduct informal adjustment proceedings and determines conditions of conduct; recommends temporary custody orders, authorizes secure/non-secure detention, recommends release of or shelter care of juveniles. Overall promotes cooperative relationships with tribal and state social services agencies, institutions, law enforcement agencies, and the community. 

 

 

Director of Juvenile Court: Mildred Berryhill
Juvenile Court Officer: Kimberly Pierce
Juvenile Court Officer: Marlon Mason
Juvenile Court Clerk: Veronica Kirkaldie


Adult probation office

The Adult Probation Office provides counseling services to adult offenders related to violations of probation or parole within the framework of the Fort Berthold District Court and its rules. Some staff responsibilities include reviews documents pertaining legal and social history; follow up services ordered and payment of orders; maintain accurate and up to date case records; conducts alcohol and drug testing and, evaluates offender progress on follow-up basis including home visits, schools or place of employment. 

 

 

Adult Probation Officer: Robert Hunter Sr.
Adult Probation Officer: Sheldon Standish
Juvenile Court Officer: Vacant


fort berthold district court filing fees (UPDATED 02/07/3018)

All Fees and Costs are Non-Refundable. A person who is completing a petition will be required to pay the filing fee at the time of filing, unless a motion to waive fees is requested. At the courts discretion, the judge will determine the outcome of a motion to waive fees.

 

Civil Petitions

Adoption (Court has sample draft)..............................................................................................................
Child Custody.....................................................................................................................................................
Child Support (If you do not utilize Division of Child Support Office).........................................
Civil Complaint (You must draft your own complaint).......................................................................
Divorce..................................................................................................................................................................
Estate/Personal Representative...................................................................................................................
Eviction (You must draft your own complaint)......................................................................................
Foreign Judgement (Enforcing an order from another jurisdiction)..............................................
Guardianship for Minor or Adult.................................................................................................................
Involuntary Committal...................................................................................................................................
Marriage License (both parties must be present)..................................................................................
Name Change for Minors or Adults............................................................................................................
Paternity...............................................................................................................................................................
Protection Orders (Contact TAT Victim Services for petition).........................................................
Repossession (You must draft your own complaint)............................................................................
Restraining Order..............................................................................................................................................
Small Claims (Amount must not exceed $2,000.00).............................................................................

Other:

Copy of File Per Page........................................................................................................................................
To Fax Your Documents Per Page................................................................................................................
Motion (A Request to the Judge to Make a Decision About the Case)............................................
Certify a Court Document (Includes Search Fee)..................................................................................
Search Fee for Civil or Criminal Orders/Judgement............................................................................
Writ of Execution (A Judicial Order that Judgement be Enforced)..................................................
Appeal (Request for a Higher Court to Review FBDC's decision).....................................................
Request for Hearing/Order to Show Cause..............................................................................................
Request for CD Copy of Your Court Hearing...........................................................................................
Temporary Driver's License..........................................................................................................................
Attorney License...............................................................................................................................................
Advocate License...............................................................................................................................................
Request to Withdraw your Petition (Filing fee will not be refunded)............................................

Fee:

$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$25.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00
$00.00
$80.00
$80.00
$80.00

 

$1.00
$1.00
$20.00
$30.00
$15.00
$20.00
$80.00
$30.00
$150.00
$300.00
$400.00
$150.00
$0.00

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How can I get my bond refund after I have attended my hearing?
A.
The process for a bond return is:

  • The case has to be settled and proof must be provided to FBDC.
  • The defendant must have a $0.00 balance with FBDC
  • There is a bond return form that FBDC provides for the defendant to fill out, it is available with the receptionist after, the form is filled out and verified the Business Manager will call you when the check is ready to be picked up. 

Q: I received an Order to Show Cause in the mail what does that mean?
A.
An Order to Show Cause is a court date set for the individual who was reporting regularly, but has since stopped. The hearing allows for the individual to explain  why they were unable to report to the Probation Department.

Q: How do I get in contact with my probation officer?
A.
Adult Probation Department can be contacted by calling the Fort Berthold District Court at 701-627-4803.

Q: What if I come to my appointment and my probation officer isn’t there?
A.
Adult Probation Department requires every individual whose reporting to probation to sign in that way there is documentation of individual reporting in. 

Q: How long will my child be in detainment?
A. The Juvenile code states that the court has 72 hours to have a hearing that does excuse weekends and holidays. 

Q: What is the purpose of Adult Probation?
A. We do our absolute best to keep you from re-offending and give you tools to succeed.

Q: What happen if I’m unable to pay my fines and fee’s in full before the end of my probation period?
A. If there has been a continuous history of payment between the individual and the Fort Berthold District court they’ll receive a letter from the probation department they can be submitted to the FBDC when they fill out a payment plan extension.

Q: What If as the bondsmen I don’t want my money to apply to the defendant’s fines or fees?
A. If you look at line four of the bond terms and conditions it states: I the person posting the bond understand that the bond can be applied to any fine imposed after a plea agreement or trial. The bond money can also be applied to any fine imposed after a plea agreement or trial. The bond money can also be applied to any old fines the defendant owes, regardless of who posted the bond. 

Q: Once my child has been detained, how often will I be able to see him?
A.
There is a program that Gerald “Tex” Fox Justice Center follows. You will have to coordinate with them. They have different levels depending on how long the child has been in detainment they also offer packets to help you understand all the levels. 

Q: What happens if I fail to give contact information?
A. Failing to give the correct contact information could result in a warrant for your arrest if we cannot contact you within the time you are supposed to report to Adult Probation.

Q: What if I quit reporting in to Adult Probation?
A. The Adult Probation Officer will give you a scheduled day and time to come in, you failing to report can result in a warrant for your arrest.

Q. If I have a job will the probation officer work around my schedule?
A.
It is your responsibility to report to us but, they will try to schedule you early in the morning when they open at 8:00 AM.

Q: Do I have to do my full time on probation?
A.
Yes. 

Q: How soon should I report to the probation department after I’m released from the justice center?
A. Individuals should report to the probation department within 24 hours of being released. Unless it’s a Friday afternoon then you are expected Monday.


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