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Yankton Sioux Tribal Code

Last Revised: 1995

TITLE II - YANKTON SIOUX TRIBAL RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

 

I. SCOPE, PURPOSE AND CONSTRUCTION

Rule 1. Scope, Purpose and Construction

A. These rules govern the procedure in all criminal proceedings in the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court and all preliminary or supplementary procedures as specified herein.

B. Every proceeding in which a person is charged with an offense of any degree is a criminal proceeding.

C. These rules are intended to provide for the just determination of every criminal proceeding. They shall be construed to secure simplicity in procedure, fairness in administration and the elimination of unjustifiable expense and delay.



II. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

Rule 2. Prosecution of Offenses

A. No person shall be punished for an offense except upon a legal conviction, including a plea or admission of guilt in open court, by a court of competent jurisdiction, provided, however, that no incarceration or other disposition of one accused of an offense before trial in accordance with these rules shall be deemed a punishment.

B. All criminal proceedings shall be prosecuted in the name of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Plaintiff, against the person charged with an offense, referred to as the Defendant.


Rule 3. Rights of Defendant

In all criminal proceedings, the Defendant shall have the following rights:

A. To appear and defend in person and by counsel, except:

No Defendant shall have the right to have appointed professional counsel provided at the tribe's expense;

B. To be informed of the nature of the charges against him and to have a copy thereof;

C. To testify in his own behalf, or to refuse to testify regarding the charge against him, provided, however, that once a defendant takes the stand to testify on any matter relevant to the immediate proceeding against him, he shall be deemed to have waived all right to refuse to testify in that criminal proceeding;

D. To confront and cross examine all witnesses against him, subject to the Rules of Evidence;

E. To compel by subpoena the attendance of witnesses in his own behalf;

F. To have a speedy public trial by an impartial judge or jury as provided in these rules;

G. To appeal in all cases;

H. To prevent his present spouse from testifying against him, except:

1. In any case in which the offense charged is alleged to have been committed against the spouse or the children of either the spouse or the defendant, or against the marital relationship;

2. Any testimony by the spouse in the defendant's behalf will be deemed a waiver of this privilege;

I. Not to be twice put in jeopardy by the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court for the same offense.


Rule 4. Statute of Limitations

A. Except as provided in (b) below, a complaint shall be filed following the commission of an offense within the time specified:

Class A offenses - five (5) years;

Class B offenses - two (2) years;

Class C offenses - one (1) year;

B. The period of limitations shall commence upon the commission of the offense and shall not run during any period in which the defendant is not physically located on the Reservation.


Rule 5. The Complaint

A. The complaint is a written statement of the essential facts constituting the offense charged.

B. All complaints shall be made upon oath before a judge of the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court.

C. The complaint must state:

1. The name of the person accused, if known, or some other name if not known plus whatever description of the person accused is known;

2. The general location where the offense was committed;

3. The general name and code designation of the offense;

4. A short, concise statement of the specific acts or omissions to act complained of;

5. The person against whom or against whose property the offense was committed, if known, otherwise no statement need be made;

6. The date and approximate time of the commission of the offense, if known;

7. The name of the person filing the complaint.

No minor omission from or error in the form of the complaint shall be grounds for dismissal of the case unless some significant prejudice against the defendant can be shown to result therefrom.

D. It shall not be necessary to charge a specific class (Class A, B, or C) of an offense which depends for the degree of punishment upon factual finding (e.g., the value of the property taken in a theft offense). If a factual allegation is made which will supply the information needed to determine the degree of the offense, such allegation shall be considered as true for all preliminary matters (e.g., setting bail). If no such factual allegation is made, the offense shall be considered, for all preliminary matters, to be of the least degree possible.

E. The judge issuing the complaint shall examine such complainant under oath to ascertain his knowledge as to the facts alleged in the complaint and determine if probable cause exists to issue such complaint.

F. If it appears from the complaint and the examination of the complainant that probable cause exists to believe that an offense has been committed, the judge shall issue the complaint by affixing his signature thereto.


Rule 6. Arrest - Warrant or Summons

A. Upon the issuance of the complaint, a warrant of arrest or a summons shall issue to bring the defendant in the complaint before a judge of the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court.

B. Whenever it is provided that a warrant may issue for the arrest of a person charged with a commission of a Class B or C offense, the judge shall issue, or cause to be issued, a summons instead of a warrant, unless he has reasonable grounds to believe that the person will not appear upon a summons, in which case he shall issue a warrant of arrest. A warrant of arrest shall issue in all cases in which a Class A offense is charged.

C. The warrant of arrest shall be signed by the judge issuing such and shall contain the name of the defendant, or, if such is not known, some other name plus a reasonable description of the defendant, if known. It shall describe the offense charged and it shall command that the defendant be arrested and brought before the judge to enter a plea.

D. When a summons shall issue, it shall name the defendant, the offense charged, and order the defendant to appear before a Tribal Judge within five (5) days from time of service to enter a plea to the charge. If a defendant fails to appear in response to the summons, a warrant of arrest shall issue.

E. Warrants and summonses shall be served by any Tribal police officer or any other adult person designated to perform such function by a judge or the Court or the Chief of Police.

1. Such service may be accomplished any place within the exterior boundaries of the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation as set out in the 1858 "Treaty with the Yankton Sioux" (11 Stat. 743).

2. The date, time, and place of service or arrest shall be endorsed on the warrant or summons along with the name of the person serving such which shall be returned to the Court, and a copy of which, so endorsed, shall be left with the person served.

3. An officer need not have the warrant in his possession at the time of arrest; but, if he does not, he shall inform the defendant that a warrant has been issued, the nature of the charge, and shall provide the defendant with a copy of the arrest warrant and complaint no later than at the date of arraignment.

4. If reasonably possible, a properly endorsed copy of the summons or warrant plus a copy of the complaint, shall be given to the defendant at the time of service or arrest.

F. Should a defendant refuse service of a summons or should a defendant's whereabouts be unknown after a reasonable search, an arrest warrant shall issue.


Rule 7. Arraignment

A. As soon as reasonably possible after arrest but not more than 36 hours thereafter, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, or within the period designated on the summons, the defendant shall appear to be brought before a Tribal Judge, and the defendant shall be informed of his right to counsel and of his right to bail.

If a defendant desires, but does not presently have counsel, he will be given a reasonable time to secure such before entering his plea.

B. The defendant shall be provided with a copy of the complaint if he has not received one.

C. At the time of the arraignment, the complaint will be read to the defendant, and the defendant shall be asked to enter a plea.

D. The defendant shall enter his plea or the Court will enter one for him, and he will then be advised regarding sentencing or bail as is appropriate.


Rule 8. Commitments

A. No person may be detained or jailed under this Law and Order Code for a longer period that 36 hours unless there has been issued a commitment bearing the signature of a judge of the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court.

B. Pending investigation of charges or pending trial, a temporary commitment shall be issued.

C. A final commitment shall be issued for persons jailed as a result of a sentence of the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court.


Rule 9. Joinder of Offenses and of Defendants

A. Two or more defendants may be charged in the same complaint if they are alleged to have participated in the same act or transaction constituting an offense or offenses. Such defendants may be charged in one or more counts together or separately and all of such defendants need not be charged on each count.


Rule 10. Pleas

A. A defendant may plead guilty or not guilty. The Court shall not accept a plea of guilty without first addressing the defendant personally and determining that the plea is made voluntarily with understanding of the nature of the charge and the consequences of the plea. If the defendant refuses to plead or if the Court refuses to accept a plea of guilty, the Court shall enter a plea of not guilty. The Court shall not enter a judgment upon a plea of guilty unless it is satisfied that there is a factual basis for the plea.

B. The defendant, with the consent of the Court and of the prosecuting attorney, may plead guilty to any lesser offense than that charged which is included in the offenses charged in the complaint or to any lesser degree of the offense charged.


Rule 11. Pleadings and Motions Before Trial; Defenses and Objections

A. Pleadings in criminal proceedings shall consist of the complaint and the plea of either guilty or not guilty. All other pleas and motions shall be made in accordance with these rules.

B. Motions raising defenses and objections shall be made as follows:

1. Any defenses or objections which are capable of determination other than at trial must be raised before trial by motion.

2. Defenses and objections based on defects in the institution of the prosecution of the complaint other than that it fails to show jurisdiction in the Court or fails to charge an offense must be raised on motion before trial or such shall be deemed waived, unless the Court for good cause shown, grants relief from such waiver. Lack of jurisdiction or failure to charge an offense may be raised as defenses or noticed by the Court on its own motion at any state of the proceeding.

3. Such motions shall be in writing and filed with the Court at least five (5) business days before the day set for trial. Such motions will be argued before trial unless the Court directs otherwise. Decision on such motions shall be made by the judge and not by the jury.

4. If a motion is decided against a defendant, the trial shall proceed as if no motion were made. If a motion is decided in favor of a defendant, the judge shall alter the proceedings or enter judgment as is appropriate in light of the decision.


Rule 12. Trial Together of Charges

A. Two or more defendants may be tried together if their charges could have been joined in a single complaint and a single defendant may be tried on more than one complaint at a single trial.

B. If it appears that a defendant or the Yankton Sioux Tribe is prejudiced by a joinder of offenses or other defendants for trial together, the Court may order separate complaints and may order separate trials or provide such other relief as justice requires. In ruling on a motion for severance, the Court may order the Tribe to deliver to the Court for inspection in chambers, any statements made by a defendant which the Tribe intends to introduce in evidence at the trial.


Rule 13. Discovery and Inspection

A. The police, or prosecutor, shall, upon request, permit the defendant or his attorney to inspect and copy any statements or confessions, or copies thereof, made by the defendant if such are within the possession or control or reasonably obtainable by the police or prosecution. The police and prosecution shall make similarly available copies of reports or physical, mental or scientific tests or examinations relating to or done on the defendant.

B. The defendant or his attorney shall reveal by written notice to the Court at least five (5) working days before the trial the names of any witnesses upon whom the defense intends to rely to provide an alibi defense for the defendant. Failure to provide such notice shall prevent the use of such witnesses by the defense unless it can be shown by the defense that prior notice was impossible or that no prejudice to the prosecution has resulted, in which case the judge may order the trial delayed or make such other orders as tend to assure a just determination of the case.

C. The Court shall, upon motion of either party, hold a pretrial conference before trial. The Court shall compel the attendance of the Defendant and his counsel at the conference. The prosecution and defendant may be required by the Court to exchange discoverable information at the conference. The Court shall at that time consider all pretrial motions and the Court may issue such orders as deemed proper to regulate the conduct of the trial.


Rule 14. Subpoena

A. A subpoena is an order of court issued by a judge or the clerk of courts. It shall command each person to whom it is directed to attend and give testimony at a place specified therein. The clerk may issue subpoenas, signed and otherwise complete except for the name of the person or thing subpoenaed to a defendant upon request.

B. A subpoena may be served by any police officer or court employee or any resident tribal member over the age of 18 years who is not a party. Service shall be accomplished by handing a copy of the subpoena to the person named therein. No fees or mileage allowance need be tendered with service.

C. A subpoena may be served any place within the territorial jurisdiction of the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation.

D. Failure, without adequate excuse, to obey a properly served subpoena may be deemed a contempt of court and prosecution thereof may proceed upon the order to the court. No contempt shall be prosecuted unless a return of service of the subpoena has been made on which is endorsed the date, time and place of service and the person performing such service.



III. TRIAL

Rule 15. Trial by Jury or By the Court

A. All criminal trials shall be by the Court without a jury unless the defendant files a request for a jury trial at the defendant's first appearance before the Court when legal counsel is available to the defendant.

B. Juries shall be composed of six (6) members with one (1) alternate.

C. In a case tried without a jury, the judge shall make a general finding of guilt or innocence and shall, upon request of any party, make specific findings which may be embodied in a written decision.


Rule 16. Trial Jurors

A. Jurors shall be drawn from the list of eligible jurors, prepared as provided elsewhere in this Code, by the Clerk in advance of trial. Jurors to sit at trial shall be drawn by lot from the group of potential jurors by the judge or clerk at trial.

B. The Court shall permit the defendant or his counsel and the prosecutor to examine the jurors and the Court itself may make such an examination.

C. Challenges regarding jury members may be taken as follows:

1. Each side shall be entitled to three (3) peremptory challenges;

2. Either side may challenge any juror for cause;

3. An alternate juror shall be treated as a regular juror for purposes of challenges.

D. The alternate juror shall be dismissed prior to the jury's retiring to deliberate if he has not first been called to replace an original juror who has become for any reason unable or is disqualified to serve.


Rule 17. Judge Disability

A. If by reason of death, sickness, or other disability, the judge before whom a jury trial has commenced is unable to proceed with the trial, any other Tribal judge may, upon certifying that he has familiarized himself with the record of the trial, proceed with the trial.

B. If by reason of death, sickness or other disability, the judge before whom the defendant has been tried is unable to perform the required duties of a judge after a verdict or finding of guilty, any other Tribal judge may perform those duties in which case a new trial may be granted. A new trial shall not be granted if all that remains to be done is the sentencing of a defendant.


Rule 18. Evidence

The admissibility of evidence and the competence and privileges of witnesses shall be governed by the Federal Rules of Evidence, except as herein otherwise provided.


Rule 19. Expert Witnesses and Interpreters

A. Either party may call expert witnesses of their own selection and bear the cost of such.

B. The Court may appoint an interpreter of its own selection and each party may provide their own interpreters. An interpreter through whom testimony is received from a defendant or witness or communicated to a defendant or other witness shall be put under oath to faithfully and accurately translate and communicate as required by the Court.

C. The trial judge or clerk may act as interpreter with the consent of all parties.


Rule 20. Motion for Judgment of Acquittal

A. The Court, on motion from the defendant or on its own motion, shall order the entry of a judgment of acquittal of one or more offenses charged in the complaint after the evidence of either side is closed if the evidence is insufficient as a matter of law to sustain a conviction of such offenses. A motion for acquittal by the defendant does not affect his right to present evidence.

B. If a motion for judgment of acquittal is made at the close of all evidence, the Court may reserve decision on the motion, submit the case to the jury and decide the motion any time either before or after the jury returns its verdict or is discharged.


Rule 21. Instructions

At the close of the evidence or at such earlier time during the trial as the Court reasonably directs, any party may file written requests that the Court instruct the jury on the law as set forth in the request. At the same time, copies of such request shall be furnished to adverse parties. The Court shall rule on proposed instructions, and shall then instruct the jury before closing arguments. No party may assign as error any portion of the charge or omission therefrom unless he objects thereto before the jury retires to consider its verdict, stating distinctly the matter to which he objects and the grounds of the objection. Opportunity shall be given to make the objection out of the hearing or, if necessary, out of the presence of the jury.


Rule 22. Verdict

A. The verdict of the jury shall be unanimous. It shall be returned by the jury to the judge in open court.

B. If there are two or more defendants, the jury may at any time during its deliberations return a verdict or verdicts with respect to a defendant or defendants as to whom it has agreed; if the jury cannot agree as to all, the defendant or defendants as to whom it does not agree may be tried again.

C. The defendant may be found guilty of an offense necessarily included in the offense charged or of an attempt to commit either the offense charged or an offense necessarily included therein if such an attempt is an offense, without the necessity of the defendant having been formally charged with such lessor offenses or with attempt.

D. When a verdict is returned and before it is recorded, the jury shall be polled at the request of any party or upon the Court's own motion. If upon the poll there is not unanimous concurrence, the jury may be directed to retire for further deliberations or may be discharged.



IV. JUDGMENT

Rule 23. Judgment and Sentencing

A. A judgment of conviction shall set forth the pleas, the verdict of findings, and the adjudication and sentence when imposed. If the defendant is found not guilty or for any other reason entitled to be discharged, judgment shall be entered accordingly. The judgment shall be signed by the judge and entered by the Clerk.

B. Sentence shall be set forth as follows:

1. Sentence shall be imposed without reasonable delay as provided in this Code. Pending sentencing, the Court may commit the defendant to jail or continue or alter the bail. Before imposing sentence, the Court shall afford counsel an opportunity to speak on behalf of the prosecution and defendant and shall address the defendant personally and ask him if he wishes to make a statement in his own behalf and to present any information in mitigation of punishment.

2. After imposing sentence in a case which has gone to trial on a plea of not guilty, the Court shall advise the defendant of his right to appeal.

C. The determination and imposition of sentence shall be in accordance with the provisions on sentencing set forth in the Yankton Sioux Tribal Criminal Code.


Rule 24. New Trial

The Court, on motion of a defendant, may grant a new trial to him if required in the interest of justice. If the trial was by the Court without a jury, the Court, on motion of a defendant for a new trial, may vacate the judgment, if entered, take additional testimony, and direct the entry of a new judgment. A motion for a new trial based on the ground of newly-discovered evidence may be made only within 30 days after final judgment, but if an appeal is pending, the Court may grant the motion only on remand of the case. A motion for a new trial based on other grounds shall be made within seven (7) days after the verdict or finding of guilty or within such further time as the Court may fix during the seven (7)-day period.


Rule 25. Arrest of Judgment

The Court, on motion of a defendant, shall dismiss the action if the complaint does not change an offense or if the Court was without jurisdiction of the offense charged. The motion of arrest of judgment shall be made within seven (7) days after the verdict or finding of guilty or plea of guilty, or within such further time as the Court may fix during the seven (7)-day period.


Rule 26. Correction or Reduction of Sentence

The Court may correct an illegal sentence at any time and may correct a sentence imposed in an illegal manner within 30 days after the sentence is imposed, or within 30 days after receipt by the Court of a mandate issued upon affirmance of the judgment or dismissal of an appeal. The Court may also reduce a sentence upon revocation of probation as provided in this Code.


Rule 27. Clerical Mistake

Clerical mistakes in judgments, orders, or other parts of the record and errors in the record arising from oversight or omission may be corrected by the Court at any time and after such notice, if any, as the Court orders.



V. APPEAL

Rule 28. Right of Appeal - How Taken

A. The defendant has the right to appeal from:

1. A final judgment of conviction; or

2. From an order make, after judgment, affecting his substantial rights.

B. The Tribe has the right to appeal from the following:

1. A judgment of dismissal in favor of the defendant upon a motion to dismiss based on any procedural irregularity occurring before a trial;

2. An order arresting judgment or acquitting the defendant contrary to the verdict of the jury or before such a verdict can be rendered;

3. An order of the Court directing the jury to find for the defendant;

4. An order made after judgment affecting the substantial rights of the Tribe.

C. A notice of appeal shall be filed within ten (10) days of the entry of the final judgment or other appealable order and such must be served on all parties except the party filing the appeal.

D. The clerk of the trial court shall prepare and transmit to the appellate court the record of the case appealed including a transcript or a copy of the minutes taken in all proceedings relevant thereto within 30 days from the filing of the appeal.

E. The party taking the appeal shall be referred to as the appellant and the other party as the respondent. The name of the case will be the same as the name used at trial except the names of the parties not involved in the appeal may be omitted.

F. Within 30 days after the receipt by the appellate court of the trial court record, the appellant shall file a brief supporting his position on appeal. Within 30 days after receipt of a copy of appellant's brief, the respondent shall file its brief. Each party shall file four (4) copies of its brief with the Court. As soon as thereafter as possible, the appellate court shall decide the case and may schedule and hold a hearing on the appeal.


Rule 29. Stay of Judgment and Relief Pending Review

A. A sentence of imprisonment may in the trial Court's discretion, be stayed if an appeal is taken and the defendant may be given the opportunity to post bail. Any defendant not making bail or otherwise obtaining release pending appeal shall have all time spent in incarceration counted towards his sentence in the matter under appeal.

B. A sentence to pay a fine or a fine and costs, may be stayed pending appeal upon motion of the defendant, but the Court may require the defendant to pay such money subject to return if the appeal should favor the defendant and negate the requirements for paying such.

C. An order placing the defendant on probation may be stayed on motion of the defendant if an appeal is taken.


Rule 30. Appellate Court Review of Appeal

A. If the appeal is irregular in any substantial particular, the appellate court may order, upon motion of the respondent, either the correction of the defects or the dismissal of the appeal.

B. The appellate court will decide the appeal on the basis of the briefs submitted without oral argument unless oral argument is requested by any party upon filing his appeal or by the Court on its own motion.

C. The appellate court will issue a written opinion or such separate opinions as required to fully explain the Court's disposition of the case. No order or disposition of an appeal shall be effective unless concurred in by at least two (2) judges, though their reasoning for such disposition need not concur.

D. The appellate court shall make one of the following determinations of the appeal:

1. Affirm the trial court result;

2. Reverse or vacate the trial court judgment and remand for disposition in accordance with the order of the appellate court;

3. The judgment of the trial court will be deemed affirmed if no majority disposition can be reached by the appellate court.


VI. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Rule 31. Search and Seizure

A. A search warrant authorized under this rule may be issued by a Tribal Judge on request of the tribal prosecutor, or any police officer or law enforcement officer of the tribal, federal, state or municipal government.

B. A warrant may be issued under this rule to search for and seize any of the following:

1. Property that constitutes evidence of the commission of a crime;

2. Contraband, the fruits of crime, or things otherwise criminally possessed;

3. Property designed or intended for use for which is or has been used, as the means of committing a criminal offense.

C. A warrant shall issue only upon sworn testimony or affidavit establishing grounds for issuing the warrant. If the judge is satisfied that grounds for the application exist or that there is probable cause to believe that they exist, he shall issue a warrant identifying the property and naming or describing the person or place to be searched. The finding of probable cause may be based on hearsay evidence either in whole or in part. Before ruling on a request for a warrant, the judge may require the affiant to appear personally and be examined under oath. The warrant shall be directed to any police or law enforcement officer or official and shall command such person or persons to search, within a specified period of time not to exceed 10 days, the person or place named for the property specified. The warrant shall be served in the daytime unless the issuing judge otherwise authorizes on the warrant. The warrant shall be returned to the judge after service or at the end of the 10-day period.

D. The officer taking property under a warrant shall give the person from whom or from whose premises the property was taken a copy of the warrant and a receipt for the property taken or shall leave the copy and receipt at the place from which the property was taken. The return to the issuing judge shall be made promptly and shall be accompanied by an inventory of the property taken.

E. A person aggrieved by an unlawful search and seizure may move the Tribal court for the return of the property on the ground that he is entitled to lawful possession of the property illegally seized. The judge may receive evidence on any issue of fact necessary to the decision of the motion. If the motion is granted, the property shall be returned and shall not be admissible at any hearing or trial.

F. No law enforcement officer shall search or seize any premises, property or person without a search warrant unless he knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the person in possession of such property is engaged in the commission of an offense or search and seizure is done incident to a lawful arrest or under such other circumstances where it would not be reasonable to require the obtaining of a warrant prior to the search.

G. A law enforcement officer may stop any person in a public place whom he has probable cause to believe is in the act of committing, or has committed an offense, or is attempting to commit an offense and demand of him his name, address, an explanation of his actions and may, if he has reasonable grounds to believe his own safety or the safety of others nearby is endangered, conduct a frisk-type search for weapons of such person.

H. The term "property" is used in this rule to include documents, books, papers, and any other tangible object. The term "daytime" is used in this rule to mean the hours from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.


Rule 32. Arrest

A. An arrest is the taking of a person into custody in a manner authorized by law. An arrest may be made by either a police or law enforcement officer or by a private person.

B. A tribal police officer may make an arrest in obedience to an arrest warrant, or, without a warrant, arrest a person:

1. For an offense committed in his presence;

2. When he has reasonable cause to believe the person has committed an offense, although not in his presence, and there is reasonable cause for believing that such person, before a warrant can be obtained, may:

a. Flee the jurisdiction or conceal himself to avoid arrest, or

b. Destroy or conceal evidence of the commission of an offense, or

c. Injure or annoy another person or damage property belonging to another person.

3. When the person arrested has committed a Class A or B offense, although not in his presence;

4. When a Class A or B offense has, in fact, been committed and he has reasonable cause to believe the person committed such offense;

C. A private person may arrest another for an offense committed or attempted in his presence.

D. Any person making an arrest may request or summons as many police officers as he deems necessary to help him.

E. If the offense charged is a Class B or C offense, the arrest pursuant to a warrant cannot be made at night unless such is specifically authorized by the issuing judge.

F. Any arresting officer:

1. Must inform the person to be arrested of his intentions to arrest him, of the cause or reason for the arrest, and his authority to make it, except when the person to be arrested is actually engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit an offense, or is pursued immediately after its commission or an escape is such is not reasonably possible under the circumstances;

2. Must show the warrant of arrest if such exists and is demanded as soon as practicable;

3. May use only that force which is reasonably necessary to effect an arrest;

4. May break open a door or window of a building in which the person to be arrested is, or is reasonably believed to be, after demanding admittance and explaining the purpose for which admittance is desired;

5. May search the person arrested and take from him and put into evidence all weapons he may have about his person;

6. Shall, as soon as reasonably possible, do as commanded by the arrest warrant or deliver the person arrested to the jail and obtain a complaint;

7. May, if in fresh pursuit, continue such pursuit and arrest upon capture the person pursued even if arrest would occur outside the exterior boundaries of the Reservation. All persons so arrested may be returned to the Reservation by the arresting officer if the arrest occurs in the state of South Dakota. Otherwise, the arrested person will be turned over to local police officials pending extradition proceedings.


Rule 33. Extraditions

A. Any tribal judge, upon request of the Tribal Chairman, shall, upon receipt of certified copies of a complaint, information or indictment, and arrest warrant plus a request to extradite from the executive authority of any Tribal, state or federal government, cause to be arrested and delivered to such executive authority, any person subject to the jurisdiction of the Yankton Sioux Tribe who is charged with a felony and who has fled from justice and is seeking to use the Reservation as a refuge.

B. Hearing. If any person arrested as provided in the above section so demands, he shall be taken to the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court, where the judge shall hold a hearing, and if it appears that there is no probable cause to believe the defendant guilty of the crime with which he is charged off the Reservation, the judge shall order the defendant released from custody.

C. The Tribal Council shall be the only entity which may request the extradition to the Reservation of any person otherwise subject to the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court who has committed a Class A or Class B offense on the Reservation and thereafter fled from the Reservation to avoid prosecution.


Rule 34. Bail, Release from Custody

A. Except as herein provided, all persons arrested for offenses under this Law and Order Code and incarcerated shall be given the opportunity to make bail and be released pending their trial or appeal.

B. A bail schedule for Class B and C offenses shall be adopted by the Court and a defendant may obtain release from jail at any time prior to arraignment by posting the amount or amounts of bail specified in the bail schedule for the offense or offenses charged; provided, however, that if the arresting officer or complaining witness shall certify to the jailer, or if the jailer shall certify based on his own observation, that the defendant is at the time he is brought to the jail unconscious or in an intoxicated or apparently intoxicated condition, or for any reason does not appear to be in a conscious and sober condition, such defendant shall not be allowed to post bail according to the bail schedule for eight (8) hours. The defendant shall be informed by the jailer of his right to make bail at the appropriate time. Bail for Class A offenses may be set only by a judge upon consideration of the relevant factors and must be set or denied within 36 hours following arrest.

C. At the arraignment or other appropriate time, the judge shall set bail at an amount, not to exceed twice the maximum fine payable for the offense charged, which will tend to assure the appearance of the defendant at trial and at such other times as his appearance is necessary. A defendant may at arraignment request that any bail posted under the bail schedule be reduced or that he be released as under (d) below.

D. The judge may at his discretion release the defendant on his own recognizance, if it appears substantially certain, considering all relevant factors, that the defendant will appear at the appointment time.

E. The required bail may be tendered in the form of cash, or a bail bond executed by two or more reliable persons as sureties subject to the jurisdiction of the Court in the form which the Court shall by rule direct.

F. In the event the defendant fails to appear as required, the Court will forfeit any cash deposited or order the sureties of the bail bond to pay the designated amount to the Court. The liability of the sureties may be enforced by order of the Court without the necessity of an independent action of judgment.

G. The Court may order the forfeiture of bail for non-appearance set aside if it appears that justice does not require the enforcement of the forfeiture.

H. The Court may deny release on bail pending trial or appeal when a Class A offense is involved and it appears reasonably certain that the defendant will pose a serious threat to the safety and well being of the Reservation and its residents if released.

I. The right to be released on bail as provided herein shall not accrue until charges under this Law and Order Code shall have been filed. Persons incarcerated in the Tribal jail for violation of federal and state laws shall be subject to be released on bail by the jurisdiction under whose authority the arrest was made according to the provisions of the laws under which their arrest was made. A person arrested for violation of federal law shall not be entitled to be released on bail until the prosecution of such charges has been declined by the U.S. Attorney, plus a reasonable time thereafter, not to exceed 36 hours after receipt of notification of such declination, in which charges for violation of this Law and Order Code, if any, may be filed.


Rule 35. Time Computations

In computing any period of time in these Rules, the day of the act or event from which the designated period begins to run shall not be included, and the last day of the period will be included unless it is a Saturday or Sunday or a legal holiday. If a time period prescribed is less than seven (7) days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall not be counted.


Rule 36. Motions

An application to the Court for an order shall be by motion. A motion other than one made at trial or hearing shall be in writing unless the Court permits it to made orally. It shall state the grounds upon which it is made and shall set forth the relief or order sought. It may be supported by affidavit and/or a memorandum or points and authorities. A copy of all motions shall be served upon all parties or their counsel, and they shall be allowed to appear at a hearing before any order is issued in response to such motion.


Rule 37. Dismissal

A. The prosecutor may move that a complaint be dismissed and upon the Court's granting such motion, the prosecution of that complaint shall cease. The defendant shall be released and any bail or bail bond released. Such a dismissal shall not be made during trial without the consent of the defendant.

B. If there is unreasonable and unnecessary delay in bringing a defendant to trial, the Court may, on motion of the defendant or on its own motion, dismiss the complaint. No delay of less than six (6) months shall be considered unreasonable under this section.


Rule 38. Service and Filing of Papers

A. Written motions other than those which are heard ex parte, written notices and similar papers shall be served on each party in the matter provided for in civil actions.

B. All papers required to be served shall also be filed with the Court.


Rule 39. Calendars

A. The Tribal Court shall provide for the placing of criminal proceedings on the court calendar with as little delay as is reasonably possible.

B. The Tribal Court shall schedule criminal trials no less frequently than one day per month.

C. The Court may for good cause shown by either party direct that a trial be postponed to the next or some succeeding month. However, if the prosecution, for good cause shown, requests and is granted a delay, and if the defendant is incarcerated, not having made bail, the defendant shall be released on his own recognizance pending the rescheduled trial.


Rule 40. Exceptions Unnecessary

Exceptions to rulings or orders of the Court are unnecessary, and it is sufficient that a party at the time a ruling or order of the Court is sought makes known to the Court his objection or what action he wishes the Court to take and the grounds therefore; but if a party has no opportunity to object to a ruling or order, the absence of an objection does not thereafter prejudice him.


Rule 41. Harmless Error and Plain Error

A. Any error, defect, irregularity or variance which does not affect substantial rights shall be disregarded.

B. Errors or defects affecting substantial rights may be recognized and acted upon by the Court even though they were not brought to the attention of the Court by counsel.


Rule 42. Regulation of Conduct in the Courtroom

Each judge may regulate the conduct of persons in his courtroom and may forbid the taking of photographs or other visual or audio recordation of proceedings occurring therein.


Rule 43. Records

The Clerk of the Court shall keep such records in criminal proceedings as the Chief Judge shall by rule direct. Among the records required to be kept by the Clerk shall be a book known as the "Criminal Docket" in which, among other things, shall be entered each order or judgment of the Court and the date thereof.


Rule 44. Rules of Court

The Chief Judge may, in conjunction with the other Tribal judges, promulgate rules governing criminal procedure not inconsistent with these rules and in supplement thereto, and copies of such rules shall be made available for public inspection and copying.


Rule 45. Forms

Any forms adopted for use in the courts are illustrative and not mandatory.


Rule 46. Citation

These rules may be known and cited as the "Yankton Sioux Tribal Rules of Criminal Procedure," or "Y.S.T.R.Cr.P.

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