Tribal Court Home

Who Do We Serve

  • All persons who reside on the Bishop Indian Reservation
  • All organizations that conduct business on the Bishop Indian Reservation jurisdiction
  • Civil jurisdiction over all persons found within the Bishop Paiute Reservation and over all persons or entities who commit a tortious act or transact business within the territorial jurisdiction of the court


Civil Cases: Tribal Ordinances under the jurisdiction of the Bishop Paiute Tribal Court are:

  • Nuisance
  • Illegal Fireworks
  • Public Safety
  • Name Change & Name Verification
  • Tribal Mortgage Lending and Unlawful Detainer
  • Vicious Dog - Required School Attendance (Truancy)
  • Employee Records
  • Environmental Protection
  • Rental Minimal Housing Standards
  • Tribal Adult Guardianship
  • Trespassing
  • Tribal Small Claims
  • Enforcement of Child Support Orders



Tribal Court Staff

Bill Kockenmeister
Bishop Paiute Tribal Court Judge since 2009
Also Chief Judge Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California; Chief Judge Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe; Chief Judge Lovelock Indian Colony; CFR Magistrate Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshones; CFR Magistrate Winnemucca Indian Colony; Associate Justice Walker River Paiute Tribe.

California Tribal Court Judges-State Court Judges Forum Hearing Officer, Nevada State Personnel Commission
Joyce M. Alvey
Tribal Court Administrator/Clerk
Joyce is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe; born and raised on the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation in Bishop, CA. Joyce was worked as the Tribal Court Clerk since December of 2008. She is now, as of October 1, 2015, the Tribal Court Administrator/Clerk. Joyce graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1971; moved to the Sacrament, CA area in 1973 where she worked for numerous Indian organizations. Returning home in 1986 she continued to work for local Indian organizations. She currently represents the Bishop Paiute Tribe for the California Indian Manpower Consortium.

Schedule of Fees

(Approved by Bishop Paiute Tribal Council on February 11, 2016. All fees are nonrefundable)
Tribal Court Service Fee
Complaint or Petition Filing Fee $30.00
Application for Protection Order $30.00
Answer to Complaint $15.00
Motions (All) $25.00
Appeal Filing Fee $150.00
Service of Process $35.00
Admission to Practice Fee - Attorney $50.00 per year
Admission to Practice Fee - Advocates $25.00 per year
Transcription of Record Fee $20.00 min. up to 4 pgs.
$5.00 per additional pg.
CD Recording of Hearing $10.00 per CD
Certified Copy Fee $1.00 per page
Per Page Copying Fee $0.20 per page
Subpeona/Record Request $75.00
Repossession Fee $75.00

How to File a Complaint

  • Complete a Civil Complaint Form
  • Pay the Filing Fee or Complete an Application for a Waiver/Discount
  • A summons will be issued to the Defendant in the case
  • Plaintiff is responsible to have summons, copy of complaint and answer form served upon the Defendant.
  • Defendant has 20 days to ANSWER the complaint
  • After an ANSWER is received, a court hearing date will be set
  • Notice of Hearing will be mailed to all parties by the Tribal
  • Court Clerk