Last updated: September 27, 2013
Oklahoma's second largest city is an exciting place, and not just because of the weather. Home to nearly 400,000 residents, T-town serves as corporate headquarters for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group and QuikTrip, and houses renowned institutions such as Oral Roberts University, the Philbrook Museum, and the Tulsa Garden Center. Legal issues inevitably crop up in its 186 square miles and Tulsa has the courts to accommodate them. Below is a reference guide to the main courthouses in Tulsa.
This criminal court has jurisdiction over the City of Tulsa and is "responsible for misdemeanor traffic, parking and criminal offenses, as well as code violations for health, fire, animal and zoning violations." Non-jury trials are held Monday through Thursday at 2pm. If you are called for jury duty here, expect to serve for the length of one trial, which is usually one day. The Municipal Court also has an Early Settlement Division which allows individuals to mediate their civil disputes.
This court houses several divisions including civil, criminal, probate, family and small claims. The juvenile division, though part of this court, is housed with the Juvenile Bureau (see below). If you are looking to have a simple courthouse marriage ceremony performed by a judge, this is the place. If you need to do any legal research, this court maintains a law library with 5 computer workstations available to the public.
This division is part of the Tulsa County District Court, but is housed separately. The juvenile division handles issues involving individuals under 18 in the areas of abuse/neglect, delinquency, involuntary commitment, and more.
This court has two locations - one in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa, and deals exclusively with workers' compensation claims. If you have questions regarding workers' compensation rights and responsibilities, you may call a court counselor at 800-522-8210.
This Court handles federal law matters only and encompasses Craig, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, and Washington counties. Summons for jury service at this Court would be for either a Petit Jury (expect to be on call for 2 months and serve an average of 5 days) or a Grand Jury (expect to serve 3-4 days per month for 6-12 months). Any appeals from this Court are presented to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, CO.