Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $889,178)
Purpose Area 3- Tribal Justice Systems (BJA)
Bishop Paiute Tribal Court
The Bishop Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized tribe located on 875 acres in Inyo County, California. With this funding, the Bishop Paiute Tribe will enhance the current CTAS Purpose Area 3 - Tribal Justice Systems grant to support staffing, trainings, existing services, and the Tribe’s newly implemented Traffic and Motor Vehicle code. The Bishop Paiute Tribal Court staff consists of a Tribal Court Administrator, a Tribal Court Project Coordinator, a Tribal Juvenile Probation Officer, and with the funding of this program the court will hire a Deputy Court Clerk. The proposed Deputy Court Clerk position will review, file, conform, and process court documents, begin processing traffic tickets, prepare court calendars as required, process case dispositions, aid, and backup to the Tribal Court Administrator/Clerk when required. The Bishop Paiute Tribal Court plans to improve the gaps in services in the community by focusing on outreach in communication within the Tribe, improving court documents and process, and improving services to the community. The success of the Tribal Court will be measured by the number of cases filed, number of traffic citations, and number of hearings resulting from improvement of communications within the community. This project will benefit the entire Bishop Paiute Tribal Community of approximately 1,750 residents. All data will be reported by the Tribal Court Project Coordinator in grant reports to Bishop Paiute Tribal Council, Administration, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.