Tribal Court-State Court Forum

Purpose:
The forum makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all proceedings in which the authority to exercise jurisdiction by the state judicial branch and the tribal justice systems overlaps.

Date Established:
December 2010

Next Meeting:
Thursday, August 21, 2014
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Teleconference
Call-In Number: 1-877-820-7831 and enter Passcode: 4133250


2014-2015 Conference Call Schedule

  • October 9, 2014
  • December 18, 2014
  • February 19, 2015
  • April 16, 2015
  • June 11, 2015

 

 

 

 

The 30-member advisory committee is comprised of 13 tribal court judicial officers, appointed by their tribal leadership, representing 16 of the 22 tribal courts currently operating in California; the director of the California Attorney General’s Office of Native American Affairs; the tribal advisor of the California Governor; and 14 state court judicial officers, including the chairs or their designees of the California Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, Criminal Law Advisory Committee, Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee, and Traffic Advisory Committee, representatives of the local courts in counties where many of the tribal courts are situated, and a retired judge. The committee reports directly to the Judicial Council. The California Chief Justice appoints the state court judicial officers and non-judicial members. The current membership term runs until September 14, 2015.

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Hon. Richard C. Blake, Cochair
(Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk)
Chief Judge of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Court
Chief Judge of the Smith River Rancheria
Chief Judge of the Redding Rancheria Tribal Court

Hon. Dennis M. Perluss, Cochair
Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven
Chair of the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee

Hon. Abby Abinanti
(Yurok)
Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court

Hon. April E. Attebury
(Karuk)
Judge and Court Administrator of the Karuk Tribal Court

Hon. Mitchell L. Beckloff
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Hon. Jerilyn L. Borack
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
Cochair of the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee

Hon. Leonard P. Edwards (Ret.)
Volunteer Mentor Judge
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Judicial Council of California

Hon. Kimberly A. Gaab
Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno

Hon. Michael Golden
Chief Judge of the Morongo Tribal Court

Hon. Cynthia Gomez
(Tule River Yokut Tribe)
Tribal Advisor of the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Mr. Olin Jones
(The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Director of the Office of Native American Affairs
California Attorney General’s Office

Hon. Suzanne N. Kingsbury
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Hon. William Kockenmeister
Chief Judge of the Bishop Paiute Indian Tribal Court
Chief Judge of the Washoe Tribal Court

Hon. Anthony Lee
(St. Regis Mohawk Tribe)
Chief Judge of the San Manuel Tribal Court

Hon. John L. Madigan
Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California

Hon. Lester J. Marston
(Chiricahua and Cahuilla)
Chief Judge of the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Court

Hon. David E. Nelson
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino

Hon. Kimberly J. Nystrom-Geist
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno

Hon. Deborah A. Ryan
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Hon. Deborah L. Sanchez
(Chumash and O'odham)
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Hon. Allen H. Sumner
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

Hon. Juan Ulloa
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Imperial

Hon. Claudette C. White
(Pending Tribal Leader Order)
(Quechan)
Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribal Court

Hon. Christine Williams
(Yurok)
Chief Judge of the Shingle Springs Tribal Court

Hon. Christopher G. Wilson
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt

Hon. Joseph J. Wiseman
Chief Judge of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

Hon. Sarah S. Works
Chief Judge of the Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Court

Background
What began with a simple request by one tribal court judge for a meeting with the Chief Justice of the State of California has taken us to where we are today in California, the coming together of tribal court and state court leaders as equal partners to address areas of mutual concern. The first, historic meeting was held in December 2009 (see news release) and led to the establishment of the Tribal Court-State Court Forum (forum) in May 2010. In October 2013, the California Judicial Council adopted rule 10.60 of the California Rules of Court establishing the forum as a formal advisory committee. In adopting this rule, the Judicial Council added a Comment acknowledging that tribes are sovereign and citing statutory and case law recognizing tribes as distinct, independent political nations that retain inherent authority to establish their own form of government, including tribal justice systems.


Charge

The forum makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all proceedings in which the authority to exercise jurisdiction by the state judicial branch and the tribal justice systems overlaps.

In addition to the duties described in rule 10.34, the forum:

  1. Identifies issues of mutual importance to tribal and state justice systems, including those concerning the working relationship between tribal and state courts in California;
  2. Makes recommendations relating to the recognition and enforcement of court orders that cross jurisdictional lines, the determination of jurisdiction for cases that might appear in either court system, and the sharing of services between jurisdictions;
  3. Identifies, develops, and shares with tribal and state courts local rules of court, protocols, standing orders, and other agreements that promote tribal court–state court coordination and cooperation, the use of concurrent jurisdiction, and the transfer of cases between jurisdictions;
  4. Recommends appropriate activities needed to support local tribal court–state court collaborations; and
  5. Makes proposals to the Governing Committee of the Center for Judicial Education and Research on educational publications and programming for judges and judicial support staff.

Contact Information

Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Operations & Services
forum@jud.ca.gov

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