Tribal Court

Tribal Court

(530) 698-1446


Christine Williams

Chief Judge

Office (530) 698-1446


Sonia Montero

Tribal Court Director

Office (530) 698-1449


Chatira Gallegos

Clerk of the Court

Office (530) 698-1446

Cell (530) 391-8522



The Shingle Springs Tribal Court provides a culturally- sensitive, independent judicial forum.


Indian tribes retain inherent sovereign powers over their members and territory.  In 2009, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians established a Tribal Court to uphold the Tribe’s codes and ordinances and enforce state court orders.  California is a Public Law 280 state, where tribes retain civil and some criminal jurisdiction.  While the tribal court can’t give legal advice, we can assist with a wide variety of issues.


The Shingle Springs Tribal Court hears civil matters that can include:

  • Casino Patron Disputes
  • Casino Tort Cases
  • Civil Harassment
  • Appeals to the governance code
  • Guardianships
  • Legal competency
  • Repossessions
  • Wage garnishments


Attorneys and Lay Advocates

Chief Judge Christine Williams presides over the Shingle Springs Tribal Court.  All attorneys and lay advocates must be admitted to the Shingle Springs Tribal Court Bar before appearing in any tribal court or administrative forum.

The Family Wellness Court hears juvenile cases involving tribal youth up to 24 years old.


Two judges, one from the Shingle Springs Tribal Court and one from the Superior Court El Dorado County, hear cases together.  This court offers one unified proceeding designed to better address the wellness of the family.


Hon. Christine Williams, Chief Judge of the Shingle Springs Tribal Court, and Hon. Suzanne N. Kingsbury, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court El Dorado County, oversee the trial-state joint jurisdiction court.


The Family Wellness Court, the first of its kind in California and the second in the nation, is a model for other tribal and state courts.


Family Wellness Court Manual



Yolanda Tayaba

Probation Officer

Office (530) 698-1430

Mobile (530) 409-1313



The Tribal Youth Probation Program – Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Tribal Youth Probation Program’s youth probation officer/case manager provides rehabilitative measures that incorporate the cultural practices of our community to our at-risk and justice-system involved youth.  The Tribal Youth Probation Program provides rehabilitative-focused supervision.  Our goal is to provide every tribal youth the opportunity to become the leaders of tomorrow.