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Understanding the Courts Systems

The Oklahoma Court System is made up of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Civil Appeals, and 77 District Courts. Administrative services for the Court System are provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Court Divisions

  • Civil Division
    500 S Denver. 918-596-5430.
    Civil cases involve a dispute between two or more parties over an injury, their rights, or their obligations. Civil cases
    do not involve a person being prosecuted for violating a criminal law. The Court's Civil Division handles non-criminal cases other than family, juvenile, and probate.
  • Criminal Division
    500 S Denver. 918-596-5231.
    Criminal Court is the court where the state holds people accountable for violations of criminal law. Only the State, through the office of the District Attorney in each county, can charge individuals with criminal violations. Criminal courts conduct arraignments, pretrial hearings, preliminary examination hearings, pretrial law and motion hearings, trials, sentencing, probation-related hearings, and proceedings regarding criminal justice mental health.
  • Juvenile Division
    315 S Gilcrease Rd. 918-596-5913.
    Juvenile focuses on different types of cases that involve children under the age of 18 (minors). Juvenile Deprived matters involve cases related to the abuse and/or neglect of a minor, while Juvenile Delinquency matters involve violations of criminal laws by a minor. Other matters include juvenile involuntary commitment for mental health and substance abuse inpatient treatment; Children in Need of Supervision; issues of status of offenders regarding truancy, runaways, inability of parents to discipline at home; and medical treatment emergencies for children when parents are unable or will not consent to necessary medical treatment to save a child’s life.
  • Probate Division
    500 S Denver. 918-596-5439.
    Probate court hears cases related to the personal and financial affairs of adults and children. The Probate Division hears cases concerning the appointment of personal representatives including guardianships for children and conservatorships for incapacitated adults; the distribution and handling of estates of people who have died; petitions regarding trust administration; review and accounting of guardians and conservators; disputes about wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; and other matters that may arise under the Probate code.
  • Small Claims Court  
      
    500 S Denver. 918-596-5456.
    Small-claims courts have limited jurisdiction to hear civil cases between private litigants. In Oklahoma, Small Claims sees cases for claims less than $7,500.
  • Therapeutic Courts
    also known as veteran's court
 

Jury Duty / Jurors

Instructions for Jurors

  1. Read the summons: The address, date and time of your appearance is written on the summons you were mailed. You may request to reschedule your jury service to a more convenient time.  Your summons will also include parking information.
  2. Inform your employer: Your employer must allow you time off for jury duty. Employers cannot discharge an employee called for jury service as long as the employee gives reasonable notice of the summons.
  3. Your day in court: Plan to attend court as a juror from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The time you are released will depend on the court's schedule. Most jury duty periods last about a week, but may be longer or shorter.  Please dress appropriately. Business casual is the minimum dress standard for jurors. Shorts, tank tops or bare feet are not permissible.

Juror Hours: Juror hours are 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. unless otherwise informed by court personnel.

Failure to Appear: A juror who is summoned and who willfully and without reasonable excuse fails to appear for jury service may be found by the court to be in contempt and subject to penalties provided by law. If you failed to appear on the date summoned, write to the Jury Clerk explaining the situation and include your Jury ID number. The address is 500 S. Denver, Room 637, Tulsa, OK 74103. You should receive a response within two weeks of receipt.

Parking: Jurors are expected to use the Civic Center Parkade lot; entrance on 3rd between Houston and Denver.  They will be reimbursed.

 

Tulsa County Law Library

500 S Denver, Rm 242. 918-596-5404.

A law library including the Oklahoma Statutes, regional reports, treatises on various legal subjects, legal encyclopedias, etc. Open to the public. Internet access available. Copy services and fax available: .20cents/page copies, .50/page local fax, 1.00/page long distance fax. 

FILE BY FAX. Lawyers may file pleadings by fax to the Law Library. The library will file pleadings in the Tulsa County District Courts. To file by fax: 918-596-4509. For more information: 918-596-5404.

  1.  Tulsa County Courthouse.Credit: the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

 

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