Name Chief Justice – Contract Position



PO BOX 278

PABLO MT 59855

(406) 675-2700

PERSONNEL OFFICE FAX: (406) 675-2711





****V A C A N C Y   A N N O U N C E M E N T****


TITLE:                            Chief Justice – Contract Position

                                      (4 Year Term)


LOCATION:                    Appellate Court – Pablo, MT.


SALARY:                        $10,000 per annum (paid $2,500 per quarter)


CLOSING DATE:             Thursday – June 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.



This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP) within the definition of the CSKT Drug Testing policy. The successful applicant, if not already employed by the Tribes must pass a pre-hire drug test, background investigation and reference check.


  • Responsible for the administrative and fiscal management of the Court of Appeals and for the presentation of its annual budget proposal to the Tribal Council.
  • Will preside over cases properly appealed to the Appellate Court and such other cases as may be appropriate in accordance with any recognized Tribal, federal and state law and shall render judgments in a fair and timely manner.
  • Provide supervision and direction to the Appellate Administration in the performance of the Administrator’s duties. May order publication of the decisions of the Court of Appeals and provide for the distribution of the same to law libraries, other appropriate repositories and subscribers.
  • Shall fill his/her position for a four-year term.
  • Shall possess emergency powers as authorized by applicable statute pending review by the full Court of Appeals.
  • May participate in in-service instructions, training, or consultation with other Justices of the Court and with organizations offering short courses in appellate work.
  • Shall assist with the in-service training of lay justices.
  • Shall attend required bench conferences dealing with the cases to which the Justice is assigned and to prepare or to oversee the preparation of bench memoranda as assigned.
  • Shall ensure that a bench memorandum of law is prepared, prior to required bench conferences, for each appeal taken, a Justice who is an attorney shall produce such memorandum and a member of the panel assigned to the case.
  • Shall protect and preserve the high standards of the Tribal judiciary, and abide by the Model Canons of Judicial Ethics of the American Bar Association.
  • Must ensure Appellate Court coverage, workload equalization and back up.
  • Responsible for public information and report management of the entire Appellate Court.
  • Responsible for the financial management and budget preparation of the entire Appellate Court system.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Appellate Court conducts four appellate terms per year and that the appellate court clerk has provided necessary notice of such hearings to all parties.
  • Responsible for ensuring space security (records and facility) and management of equipment assigned to the Appellate Court.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the Appellate Court Administration are operating effectively, efficiently and allowing the justices to devote their time to the administration of justice.
  • Provides for the overall management, including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and coordinating the Appellate Court staff duties.


  • The Chief Justice shall be an attorney at law, admitted to practice before the Tribal Court, with not less than five (5) years of experience in the practice of law or service as a judge, OR a combination of both.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor, except minor traffic violations, within the past year.
  • Must not have any criminal or civil actions pending in which the applicant is either the plaintiff or defendant or serving as an attorney for a party in any court case pending in Tribal Court jurisdiction.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the Tribes Law and Order Code.


  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated supervisory or administrative experience is desirable.
  • Ability to establish priorities and to ensure that all court tasks is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner, including the ability to adjust justices’ assignments to meet the Appellate Court’s goals.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with other departments and agencies on Appellate Court procedures to better coordinate court services.
  • Ability to keep abreast of new laws and the Appellate Court procedures and rules of conduct.
  • Must have decision-making capabilities and dispute resolution techniques.
  • Ability to deal well with people in highly emotional, adversarial or otherwise confrontational situations.
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of the Indian community and its peoples, including traditions and customs is desirable.



  1. Completed Tribal employment application.
  2. Certified copies of relevant academic transcripts and training certificates.
  1. Proof of bar membership.
  2. A copy of a brief or opinion written by the applicant of 3 – 5 pages.
  3. Proof of enrollment from a federally recognized Tribe if other than CSKT.
  4. If claiming veteran’s preference a copy of DD214 must be submitted.


SUBMIT ALL OF THE ABOVE TO: Cynthia Matt, Personnel Office, PO Box 278, Pablo MT 59855, telephone (406) 675-2700 Ext. #1259.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Abby Dupuis, Appellate Administrator at 406-675-2700 Ext. 1032.                                                            

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