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 Studies