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Associate Judge

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Puyallup Tribe of Indians


Tacoma, WA

Skills And Qualifications:

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience in writing a variety of court related documents.  Must have knowledge and understanding of courtroom procedures. 

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in legal, mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

Other Skills and Abilities

·         To be eligible to serve as a judge of the Tribal Court, a person must:

(1)               Be a member of a Federally recognized Indian Tribe;

(2)               Be over the age of 28 years;

(3)               Hold a Juris Doctorate and hold membership to a state bar; and

(4)               Not have been convicted of an offense involving dishonesty or moral turpitude.

·         Must be able to pass a background check.

·         Knowledge of Tribal and federal laws applicable to the Tribal Court.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.


·         Knowledge and understanding of courtroom procedures.

Required Education:

Juris Doctorate degree and three years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Duties And Responsibilities:

Position Summary:
Serves as hearing judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court in accordance with the tribal Judicial Administrative Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be three (3) years from the date of appointment by the Tribal Council. A judge may be reappointed at the expiration of a term in the discretion of the Tribal Council.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.      Hears cases brought before the court or jury, including, but not limited to criminal, civil, fishing, hunting, youth dependency, traffic, housing, gaming, employment and all domestic violence related cases.

2.      Determines the meaning, interpretation, and application of the Tribal Constitution and laws and, where appropriate, other authorities.

3.      Issues subpoenas compelling the attendance of witnesses at proceedings.

4.      Issues search warrants and warrants to apprehend pursuant to the Tribe’s rules governing criminal procedure.

5.      Determines the amount of bail to be posted.

6.      Issues any order or writ necessary and proper to the complete exercise of the powers and the general authority of the court, including those necessary to compel compliance with orders of the court and to punish persons for failure to comply.

7.      Conducts legal research and writing.

8.      Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary And Benefits:

Based on judicial salary scale + benefits.

Minimum $75.79/hour ($157,643.20 annual)

In addition to salary, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that include employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401k plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off. 

Additional Info:

Interested candidates must apply online by 9 p.m. PST on the closing date at:

Contact Info:

(253) 573-7863

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