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. A Judicial Council member and a Tribal Court Judge co-chair this committee. Click here to read the news release announcement.
Meetings Notes (all meeting notes):
Forum E-Updates (all Forum E-Updates):
SB 406: A bill to clarify and simplify the process by which tribal civil judgments will be recognized by the state courts of California and enforced just as any state civil judgment would be. See bill and factsheet. Proposal to amend welfare and inspections Code section 827 to permit access by an Indian child's tribe.
Tribal Access to Confidential Juvenile Court Files: Proposal to amend Section 827 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
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.
Psychotropic Medication: Proposal to revise rules and forms relating to notice of Indian Tribes.
Rule and Form Proposals Adopted by Judicial Council
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.