Our Tribal Court Master Series Training is going virtual!
AVCP’s Tribal Justice Department (TJD) is dedicated to promoting the sovereignty of our Tribal communities. Tribal Courts assist Tribes in exercising sovereignty and functioning at their highest capacity while maintaining cultural values.
TJD works closely with member Tribes to enhance, develop, implement, and re-establish Tribal court systems. It also acts as the liaison between member Tribes and the U.S. Department of Justice–Bureau of Justice Assistance and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
providing guidance, support, training, and technical assistance TJD is able to assist AVCP member Tribes by:
Reviewing, revising, and drafting codes
Promoting community wellness through circle sentencing training
Providing sample templates of court orders and forms
Code Development and Drafting
“We know best how to help our own.”
Frequently Asked Questions
A: AVCP’s services can be categorized into services for (1) Tribal Members, and services for (2) Tribes. TJD supports that second category, services for Tribes. TJD does not provide legal advice to Tribal Members.
A: AVCP Tribal Courts should submit YEARLY funding proposals to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the annual costs/expenses of their Tribal Court. TJD can assist in building this budget and funding proposal and will submit it on behalf of the Tribes. It is important that Tribes do submit yearly funding proposal and also consider supplemental proposals if unanticipated costs arise during the fiscal year.
A: The TJD Team is able to travel to Tribes to conduct trainings in-house. This would be at no-cost to the Tribes. AVCP TJD will pay for all costs associated with in-house trainings.
A: TJD has an in-house Tribal Justice Attorney that can assist with Tribe legal questions, as well as with development of codes/ordinances and forms. Requests for assistance should be directed to the TJD Director directly.