The court’s Chief Judge, Anthony Brandenburg, was sworn in and the court began operation in August of 2006. Each tribe determines which kinds of cases it will authorize the court to hear. Currently the court hears a very wide variety of cases, including peace and security code violations, environmental issues, conservator issues, contracts, tort claims, family law including ICWA, evictions, enrollment, exclusions, and more. The court also has an in-house mediation and arbitration service and works with an outside agency when a tribe requires private mediation or arbitration services. The court hears all evictions for the All Mission Indian Housing Association (AMIHA) and handles cases for several tribes not formally part of the tribal court consortium on a case-by-case basis. The court has an attorney referral service and conducts several workshops a year on various subjects including Public Law 280, Fourth Amendment issues, and an “Indian stand down” where the court works with the local state court in helping to clear outstanding warrants.
Chief Judge: Anthony Brandenburg
Intertribal Court of Southern California
49002 Golsh Road, Rincon Indian Reservation
Valley Center, California 92082
Office hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.