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1 Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services
Office of Tribal Justice Support

2 Tribal Justice Support
Associate Director-Tricia Tingle Criminal Law Specialist-On load TLOA Commission - Laurel Iron Cloud Civil Law Specialist-Katherine Scotta National Victim Specialist Coordinator-2012 Lanisha Bell National Coordinator for Court Reviews

3 25 USC 3602 et seq The purpose of the Office of Tribal Justice Support is to further the development, operation, and enhancement of tribal judicial systems and the Court of Indian Offenses. Enacted 1993 Mandated by statute to provide training and technical assistance 25 USC 3611©

4 Reorganizational Chart
Billings Aberdeen Minneapolis Portland Nashville Sacramento Phoenix Albuquerque Muskogee

5 Further the development, operation, and enhancement of tribal judicial systems and the Court of Indian Offenses First of its kind training. Tribal Court Advocacy including tribal court judges, prosecutors, lay and law trained public defenders- Six training have been scheduled, and to-date 4 sessions have been completed with over 150 tribal court personnel trained at three-day trial advocacy course and each training will focus on a either: sexual assault of an adult, sexual assault of a child, domestic violence or trafficking illegal narcotics and gangs The Target Training Audience is: Tribal Court Judges, Tribal Court Prosecutors, and Tribal Court Public Defenders. Training Partners include: BIA Division of Courts, DOJ U.S. Attorney’s Offices, DOJ Access to Justice Initiative, United States Office of Defender Services with Federal Public Defenders Office and DOJ National Indian Country Training Office.. Juvenile Codes, CFR Codes, Tribal Action Plan Assistance. Four training sessions designed for tribal judges entitled Commercial Law for the Tribal Judiciary: the Model Tribal Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) will be presented in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of Energy and Economic Development (IEED) and the Federal Reserve Banks. The first of these four sessions will be on November 29-30, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona National Judicial College- One opportunity for each tribal judge representing that particular tribal court. Working with Access to Justice/Department of Justice and other components of DOJ on other matters, including OVC for the victim specialist program.

6 Training dates July 24-26, 2012, Duluth, Minn. -Domestic Violence
August 14-16, 2012, Durango, Colo.-Domestic Violence September 11-13, 2012, Great Falls, Mont.-Sexual Assault October 23-25, 2012, Chinle, Ariz.-Sexual Assault November 13-15, 2012, Seattle, Wash.-Sexual Assault January 15-17, 2013, Albuquerque, N.M-Illegal Narcotics-TLOA Section 214

7 Court Reviews The BIA-OJS conducts court reviews and needs surveys. In 2013, the OJS will implement a regional plan for conducting court reviews and needs surveys. In each of 9 regions a trained team of legal professionals will conduct reviews of judicial systems with the goal of assessing court processes and collaborating with each tribe in developing plans to improve or establish tribal court functions. Title 25 U.S.C and the Office of Management and Budget require the Office of Tribal Justice Support (TJS) to conduct a survey of the conditions of the tribal justice systems. TJS has determined that it will provide comprehensive tribal court reviews which are intended not only to provide Congress with a mechanism to provide additional resources and base funding, if available, but to also provide tribal courts a mechanism for improved operational activities. The tribal court survey or review process follows the Trial Court Performance Standards model (TCPS). The TCPS expresses a new philosophy and framework for defining and understanding the effectiveness of tribal courts by focusing attention on performance, self-assessment, and self-improvement. The TCPS model has been modified to focus on tribal courts, and specific measurements will be adapted to individual tribal courts.

8 Accomplishments One-time funding, October 1, Items needed, Budget, Budget request, reasoning for request. Next year letter will go out the end of June 2013. Comprehensive –one on one training for trial advocacy skills-Public Defenders, lay and law trained, Prosecutors, Tribal Judges First time collaboration with Federal Public Defenders Office-US Courts for training session. One Pilot Programs-highlighting training and technical assistance and one-time funding for law trained public defender. Listening Session-September 2011 for both CFR Courts and Tribal Courts. CFR Court Docketing systems compatible to state docketing system. Specialized training for tribal judges. Working with a contractor to assist in training and preparation of model tribal bench book. Alcohol Monitoring Ankle Bracelets- very successful Alternatives to Sentencing-Talking Circles, Elder Panels.

9 Contact Information Tricia A. Tingle Associate Director- Office of Tribal Justice Support

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