Contrasting the First 18 Implementing Tribes on Judicial Requirements
EBCI: Member of the North Carolina bar.
Kickapoo: Judges presiding over criminal proceedings involving a non-Indian must be state-barred.
Little Traverse: Judges presiding over domestic violence criminal proceedings must be admitted to a state or federal bar and have “sufficient legal training to preside over criminal trials.”
Nottawaseppi: Judges must be a member of any bar.
Seminole: Judges must be a member of any bar, including tribes.
Standing Rock: Judges must be a member of any bar, including tribes.
Muscogee: Trial judges must be state-barred, eligible or admitted to practice before federal courts in Oklahoma, have a minimum of four years of active trial experience, be a member of the Muscogee Bar, and maintain continuing legal education each year.
AL Coushatta: Judges must have “graduated from an accredited law school” and be a member of any state bar.
Choctaw: Judges must have at least 5 years of experience as a practicing attorney or judge and be at least 30 years old, licensed by a state or federal court, and a member of the Choctaw Nation Bar.
Sault Ste. Marie: Judges who preside over criminal cases must have sufficient legal training and be a state licensed attorney.
Chitimacha: Judges who preside over SDVCJ cases must have sufficient legal training and be licensed to practice law by any jurisdiction in the United States.
Lower Elwha: Judges presiding over any criminal proceeding must have sufficient legal training and be licensed to practice in any jurisdiction in the United States, including Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.
Sac and Fox: Judges presiding over any criminal matter with a potential sentence of more than one year must be barred in Oklahoma. Trial judges are not otherwise required to be a member of any state bar.