Constitutional Authority

ARTICLE XII TRIBAL JUDICIARY

SECTION 1. Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction. The judicial power of the Pokagon Band shall be vested in a tribal court system. The judicial power shall extend to all cases arising under this Constitution, all legislative enactments, codes, statutes, ordinances, regulations, and judicial decisions of the Pokagon Band, may be exercised to the fullest extent consistent with self-determination and the sovereign powers of the Band, and, as exercised, shall govern all persons and entities subject to the Pokagon Band's jurisdiction.

SECTION 2. Judicial Independence. The Tribal Judiciary shall be independent from the legislative and executive functions of the tribal government. No person exercising powers of the executive or legislative branches of the government shall exercise powers properly belonging to the judicial branch.