History of the Program
The National Judicial College (NJC) has provided quality judicial education to tribal judiciaries for 50 years. Since 1964, the NJC has welcomed the participation of tribal judges into courses such as General Jurisdiction, Special Courts, and numerous other NJC courses.
In 1998, the NJC addressed the unique and specific needs of new tribal court judges by creating Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges. In 1999, the NJC addressed the needs of tribal court administrators by expanding their course offerings to include tribal court personnel, creating Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel.
With the continued increase in tribal representation at the NJC, a meeting between tribal leaders and the NJC staff was held to address ideas on how to meet the tribal judiciary’s educational needs. As a result, the NJC, along with a generous grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, established the National Tribal Judicial Center (NTJC) in 2002 to address the specific needs of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal judiciaries. The NTJC established a nationally recognized Advisory Council where these experts offer guidance to NTJC staff when developing relevant curricula and programs.
Today, we offer courses that expand beyond our traditional audience of tribal judges and court administrators by inviting tribal prosecutors, advocates, court clerks, and other court-related personnel to participate in courses that can enhance and advance the efficiency of the tribal judicial system.
Since 1998, the National Judicial College has offered the following courses specific to tribal judiciaries:
- Advanced Tribal Court Management
- Advanced Tribal Bench Skills: Competence, Confidence and Control
- Appellate Skills for Tribal Judges
- Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel
- Court Technology for Tribal Courts
- Developing and Advancing Fundamental Skills for a Tribal Court Clerk: A Web-Based Course
- Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
- Handling Domestic Violence Cases in Tribal Court
- ICRA: Protecting Rights in Tribal Court
- Pending and Declined Prosecutions in Indian Country: Coordinating with U.S. Attorneys
- Practical Approaches to Family Issues in Tribal Courts
- Tribal Code Development – TLOA, VAWA and Non-Indians
- Tribal Code Development – Writing and Amending Codes
- Tribal Court Development – Fundamental Considerations for Court Professionals
- Tribal Court Development – Fundamental Considerations for Tribal Leadership
- Tribal Court Management of Alcohol and Drug Cases
- Writing for Tribal Judges