Inter-Tribal Court of Southern California

Twelve Tribes in San Diego County are served by the Intertribal Court of Southern California (ICSC).  They are Jamul Indian Village, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, Pauma Band of Mission Indians, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Iipaay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. San Diego County has more Indian reservations than any other county in the United States. However, the reservations are very small, with total land holdings of just over 124,000 acres, or about 193 square miles of the 4,205 square miles in San Diego County.  Some of the reservations are very remote.  Others are close to metropolitan areas. 

Date Court Established: 2002

Background: The abovementioned tribes established the court by entering into an Intertribal Governing Agreement (IGA). By signing the IGA and passing a tribal resolution, tribes utilize the court and its related services. Under the IGA, participating tribes appoint members to serve on the Tribal Judicial Council, which governs the court.  Each tribe served by the court has its own laws, codes, and ordinances.

The overall purpose of ICSC is to provide members of participating tribes with a culturally sensitive judicial forum in which to present and resolve disputes. The ICSC is an intertribal court system that works on a "circuit type" basis, where tribal judges travel from one reservation to the next presiding over cases based on specific tribes' laws, ordinances, customs, and history. The ICSC is an "independent judiciary." Its purpose is to preserve the integrity, autonomy and sovereignty, of the Native American communities it serves in a culturally sensitive and traditionally aware environment.

Court Cases: Civil

The court’s jurisdiction depends on the member tribe’s government codes, laws and rules and to what extent that government has granted jurisdiction to the court.

  • Contracts
  • Conservatorships
  • Environmental protection
  • Family law
  • Evictions
  • Exclusions
  • Peace and security code violations
  • Tort claims

Chief Judge: Hon. Devon Lomayesva

Court Administrator: Rachel Geisler

760-751-4142
rroberts@sciljc.org

Court Address: 49002 Golsh Road, Rincon Indian Reservation, Valley Center, California 92082

The Court also holds hearings on Tribal Reservation Lands. The Judge will travel a “circuit”, usually once a month, to these member Nations Reservations.

Court Website: http://www.sciljc.org/

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