The judicial power of the Confederated Tribes is constitutionally vested in the Tribal Court, which has general authority to adjudicate disputes and enunciate principles of law. Given this power, the Court is the most appropriate entity to establish civil and criminal rules of procedure, rules of evidence, rules of conduct for attorneys and court employees, and other matters of concern to the proper administration of the court system. This Code acknowledges and otherwise grants such powers to the Court, provided the rules adopted by the Court are not in conflict with the Constitution, codes, BOT resolutions, or the Indian Civil Rights Act. The Code also addresses judicial appointment and qualifications as well as standards of judicial conduct.

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