Tribal Court

Tribal Court

Welcome to the Coquille Indian Tribal Court system. The Tribal Court’s purpose is to provide for the administration of law, justice and judicial procedures of the Coquille Indian Tribe.  As a sovereign nation, the Coquille Tribe exercises its inherent power to make, execute, apply and enforce its own laws and the laws of other sovereigns through its Tribal Court system.

Chief Judge: Don Owen Costello
Court Clerk: Lynda Payton (

3050 Tremont Blvd., North Bend, OR 97459

Office Hours: 9-noon and 1-3, Monday-Thursday

Phone: (541) 756-0904, ext. 10220; or (800) 622-5869
Fax: 541-751-1178



Tribal Constitution and Ordinances  




Nissen v. CEDCO
Forms and Samples
Application and Order for Admission to Practice  For use by attorneys. There is no bar admission fee.
Complaint (sample form with instructions) For use by plaintiff (party filing case). No filing fee required.
Proof of Service (must be notarized)


For use by process server.
Answer (sample form) with guidelines/instructions For use by defendant (party against whom case is brought). No filing fee required.
Plaintiff’s Exhibit List


For use by defendant.
Writ of Garnishment

Petition for Writ of Garnishment

For use by creditor or plaintiff.

Notebooks containing Tribal Ordinances/Law by chapter can be viewed at the Tribal Court Library, the Tribal Court Office or in the Legal Department, all at 3050 Tremont St, North Bend, Ore.

Notice to all parties:  The Court Clerk is not licensed to practice law and is not permitted to give legal advice on any legal matters or accept fees for legal advice.  The Court Clerk is not permitted to assist parties in preparing any legal documents, other than to provide a party with a “sample” form provided by the Court.  Any party needing assistance in preparing legal documents should consult an attorney.




  • Tribe Responds to COVID-19

    The Coquille Indian Tribe is taking appropriate steps in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. In addition to the measures undertaken by The Mill Casino-Hotel & RV Park, the tribal government administration is acting to protect the safety of our employees and tribal member families, while maintaining essential services to our membership.

    In the past few days, the tribe has canceled some group events.  We also have curtailed nonessential travel by our employees. We have been communicating to membership daily for the past week, keeping them informed about the status of the epidemic in both Oregon and nationwide, along with the tribe’s actions.

    Starting Monday, many of our tribal government employees will begin working from home. We are keeping our health center open. Other tribal government facilities will either close for the next two weeks or remain open on a limited basis, with minimal staffing. Like other local governments, we will evaluate the unfolding situation and respond accordingly.

    We offer our best wishes to the entire community in this challenging time.