Tribal Court-State Court Forum

Appointed by the former Chief Justice Ronald M. George in May of 2010 to discuss issues of mutual importance to tribal and state justice systems 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. The Forum is charged with identifying issues concerning the working relationship between tribal and state courts and recommending to the Judicial Council ways to address these issues.  State Court Judge and a Tribal Court Judge co-chair this committee.  Click here to read the news release announcement.     

Fact Sheet 
Educational Activities 
Charge and Scope of Work
Values & Principles
Communication Plan 

MEETING NOTES      All Meeting Notes:

Meeting Notes from December 21, 2009, inaugural meeting of the forum
Meeting Notes from 2010 – In Person
Meeting Notes from 2011 – In Person
Meeting Notes from 2012 – In Person
Meeting Notes from 2013 – Conference Call


Forum E-Update is a Monthly electronic newsletter. Feb-Sep 2015

Legislative Comments    Child Support 

Legislative Proposals    None pending

Legislative Chaptered

AB 1618: Tribal Access to Confidential Juvenile Court Files which provides tribal entities and officials with access to confidential juvenile court files and records for children who are members of the tribe or eligible for membership in the tribe. By explicitly including tribes, tribal officials, and tribal entities within the exception to the confidentiality of juvenile court files, the bill will solve a conflict between federal and state law on one side, and juvenile courts on the other.
Chaptered as Stats. 2014, Ch. 37, effective January 1, 2015.

SB 406 Tribal Court Civil Money Judgment Act: which simplifies and clarifies the process by which tribal court civil money judgments are recognized and enforced in California.
Chaptered as Stats. 2014, Ch. 243, effective January 1, 2015.

SB 940 Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) Proposed for California: which addresses issues involving conservatorships for members of Indian tribes located in California. Chaptered as Stats. 2014, Ch. 553; some portions effective January 1, 2015 and others January 1, 2016.

Rule and Form Proposals- Drafts

None pending.

Rule and Form Proposals Adopted by Judicial Council

Child Support: Proposal to add a new California Rule of Court that would provide a consistent procedure for the discretionary transfer of Title IV-D child support cases from the state superior courts to tribal courts where there is concurrent jurisdiction over the matter in controversy.

Juvenile Appellate:  Proposal to revise the rule governing sending the record in juvenile appeals to clarify that if an Indian tribe has intervened in a case, a copy of the record of that case must be sent to that tribe.

  • Juvenile Delinquency: Proposal to revise rules to comply with the California Supreme Court's decision in In re WB. 55Cal. 4th 30 (2012)

  • Psychotropic Medication: Proposal to revise rules and forms relating to notice of Indian Tribes.

  • Tribal Protective Order:  Proposal to establish an efficient and consistent statewide procedure for California state courts to register protective orders issued by tribal courts in California; registration of tribal court protective orders will help ensure that law enforcement agencies enforce these orders uniformly and consistently.

Comments in support of the proposed regulations: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Integration throughout Division 31, ORD No. 0614-05 issued by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Comments in support of proposed rule: Regulations for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings (as published in the Federal Register on March 20, 2015 (Vol. 80[BC2]  FR No. 54 14880)

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