June 18-July 9, 2015 | Web | Tuition Free | Call (800) 255-8343 for eligibility

As a judge, you have the responsibility of upholding the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Are you? During this course, you will explore the foundation of ethics, review and apply the Code to behavior both on and off the bench, and develop a framework to improve cultural competence.

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Tribal court clerks are the backbone of tribal courts and are essential to the success within the judicial branch of government. This 4-week web-based course will address a clear relationship between the history and purpose of tribal courts and the role of the court clerk, discuss the role and tools of the court clerk, and apply these tools in a step-by-step case walkthrough of a civil case for those clerks who want to increase their confidence when processing a case.

After this course, participants will be able to: identify sources of Indian law that may be applicable to a tribal court; discuss how these sources of Indian law may impact the role of the court clerk; differentiate between the different types of tribal courts that exist in the United States; define tribal sovereignty and why it is important for tribal courts and the court clerk; identify and recognize the role and duties of a court clerk; recognize authoritative guidelines that can exist in a tribal court; explain the components of a service-oriented court; identify customers by defining internal and external customers; discuss technology policies in a tribal court; define the necessary tools of the trade;  list procedures when handling new court documents; discuss the importance of a records management system; describe how to cover a case from initiation to destruction; recognize how to follow a financial procedure by following an authoritative guideline; apply proper tools and identified procedures when creating a new case file; identify safety risks and the need for a safety plan for a tribal court; apply proper tools and  identified procedures when setting and notifying the appropriate parties of a hearing; list and apply duties prior to the hearing date, during the hearing, and after a hearing is concluded; distinguish the difference between a jury or bench trial; and identify steps to consider once a case has been concluded, including if an appeal has been filed.*

This web-based course will include weekly assignments, with some hypothetical scenarios, interactive learning activities, online discussion, and four live mandatory web conferences with the faculty on Thursday of each week. Participants will be able to network with other tribal court clerks across the country and can develop lasting relationships where clerks can assist one another as a resource. It is anticipated that court clerks can spend between one and two hours on lessons per week.

*These course objectives are tentative and may be subject to change.

This web course is grant-funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.