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Changing to Supreme Court

        With the effectiveness of the 1999 Cherokee Nation Constitution, the Judicial Appeals Tribunal became the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court.  In Article VIII Section 1 the Constitution states:

         “The Judicial powers of the Cherokee Nation shall be vested in a Supreme Court and such lower courts as the Council shall from time-to-time ordain and establish. The Judicial Appeals Tribunal shall become known as the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation. The Supreme Court shall be composed of five (5) members all of whom must be citizens of the Cherokee Nation and be admitted to practice law before the highest Court of any state of the United States.”

Composition of Supreme Court Justices

2006

Darell R. Matlock, Jr.,  Chief Justice, Stacy L. Leeds, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins

2007

Darell R. Matlock, Jr., Chief Justice, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins, Troy Wayne Poteete

2008

Darell R. Matlock, Jr., Chief Justice, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins, Troy Wayne Poteete

2009

Darell R. Matlock, Jr., Chief Justice, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins, Troy Wayne Poteete

2010

Darell R. Matlock, Jr., Chief Justice, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins, Troy Wayne Poteete

2011

Darell R. Matlock, Jr., Chief Justice, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins, Troy Wayne Poteete

2012

Darell R. Matlock, Jr., Chief Justice, Darrell R. Dowty, James G. Wilcoxen, Kyle B. Haskins*, Troy Wayne Poteete, John C. Garrett**
2013
Darrell R. Dowty, Chief Justice, Troy Wayne Poteete, John C. Garrett, James G. Wilcoxen, Angela Jones
2014
Darrell R. Dowty, Chief Justice, Troy Wayne Poteete, John C. Garrett, James G. Wilcoxen, Angela Jones
2015
Troy Wayne Poteete, Chief Justice, John C. Garrett, James G. Wilcoxen, Angela Jones, Lynn Burris
2016
Troy Wayne Poteete, Chief Justice, John C. Garrett, James G. Wilcoxen, Angela Jones, Lynn Burris
2017
John C. Garrett, Chief Justice, James G. Wilcoxen, Angela Jones, Lynn Burris, Mark L. Dobbins

* Resigned effective June 1st, 2012
** Confirmed by Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on June 12th, 2012