To provide an effective and fair forum to handle all
matters of law arising under the duly enacted laws of the Nez Perce Tribal Code.
To create and maintain a working relationship within the area of other
judicial jurisdictions and service providers.
Continue to expand and upgrade Court services to the
public, through involvement in the implementation of new laws and program
functions, as well as additional staffing.
It is also a program goal to take accountability for all matters of law
brought before the Court.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
The Nez Perce Tribal Court is involved in the
implementation and activation of laws as set out in the Law and Order Code.
The Court works with other service providers and jurisdictions in the
handling and processing of the Court cases from initial filing to brining these
cases to an equitable conclusion. These
are in cases of law dealing with Criminal, Civil, Juvenile and Domestic matters.
The Court maintains a regular court docket in Lapwai and Kamiah as required by
The part-time Public Defender continues to provide
legal representation for adult Tribal members in Criminal matters. The
University of Idaho legal aid interns also provide various services, primarily focusing
on providing representation in juvenile matters, a service
that has been unavailable in the past. They also provided representation
for adult Criminal Defendants who were unable to use the services of the Public
Defender. Both of these services continue to be provided at no cost to the
Judicial Services staff consist of one Chief Judge, one part-time Associate Judges,
four Court Clerks. There are also Appellate Judges available on an as-needed