As tribal courts tackle more issues and cases within their own communities, the need for highly-trained graduates in tribal court justice grows.
The passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 further expanded the reach of many tribes to handle enhanced-sentencing in criminal cases including processing felony matters in their own tribal courts. This change has brought-about in great part, the increased need for tribal court-specific training not only in advocacy, but in the skills required to work in tribal court.
When Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community tribal leaders met with Scottsdale Community College (SCC), they developed a strong program together that would serve the needs of multiple tribes - and it’s the only one like it in the entire state.
The Tribal Court Justice Program (TCJ) is designed as a 32-35 credit hour certificate that offers a practical, hands-on curriculum that provides graduates with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in a variety of roles within tribal court settings, whether as tribal court advocates, attorneys, staff, paralegals, law enforcement officers, court clerks, or other Court administration.
5831 - Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Tribal Court Justice Fall 2019