Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $200,000)
This award is made under the FY 2008 Tribal Courts Assistance Program and it supports the development, implementation, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal justice systems. Allowable elements under the program may include, but are not limited to: establishing a core structure for a tribal court; improving case management; training court personnel; acquiring additional equipment and/or software; enhancing prosecution and indigent defense; supporting probation diversion and alternative sentencing programs; accessing services; focusing on juvenile services and multi disciplinary protocols for child physical and sexual abuse; and structuring intertribal or tribal appellate systems.
The Caddo Nation will use funds from the BJA Fiscal Year 2008 Tribal Courts Assistance Program for planning and implementing a Single-Tribe Court System. The first year objectives are: (1) staff and train the tribal court staff; (2) enact a tribal law code; (3) equip and locate the tribal court; (4) coordinate services with tribal and non-tribal entities; and (5) build relationships with tribal members and the community. The second year implementation funds will allow them to: (1) monitor the court's caseload and performance; (2) continue education; (3) maintain and improve the court's accessibility; and (4) enhance the collection, analysis, and sharing of court-related data. The core objectives are to develop court capacity and to integrate a workable justice information system.