The Penobscot Nation Judicial System was established on September 27, 1979 by the Penobscot Nation General Meeting. The Judicial System is comprised of a trial court, the Tribal Court, which includes the Adult and Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts, and a three member panel appellate court, the Penobscot Nation Court of Appeals. The Tribal Court is a court of general jurisdiction with authority to hear a wide range of criminal, civil, juvenile and probate matters. In recent years the Nation has moved away from being an adversarial system for resolving disputes to a problem-solving approach. The culturally-based Healing to Wellness Court program is available to Penobscot Nation tribal members who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the court system and who are struggling with alcohol and/or substance abuse. Through the voluntary program, individuals can be helped to overcome their addictions, be restored to wellness, and rejoin the Penobscot Nation community as healthy and contributing members.
Physical Address: Penobscot Nation Community Center building, 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, Maine 04468. The entrance and parking for the Tribal Court are located at the rear of the Community Center building.
Mailing Address: Penobscot Nation Judicial System, 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, ME 04468-1254
Main phone number: (207) 817-7327
Tribal Court Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Documents must be filed with the Court Clerk no later than 3:30 p.m
Tribal Court now accepts payments by VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express