The judicial power of the Yurok Tribe shall be vested in such Tribal court(s) as may from time to time be established by ordinances enacted for that purpose. Said ordinances shall ensure the impartiality and independence of the Judiciary by specifying causes and procedures for removal and prescribing reductions in rates of compensation greater than those that may be applied to the Yurok Tribal Council and/or the Tribal Chairperson; define the jurisdiction of each court created thereunder; specify the manner of selection, term of office and qualifications of judges; and provide for the adoption of the procedures under which each such court shall function. In special circumstances as defined by appropriate ordinance, the Yurok Tribal Council shall sit as a Tribal trial or appellate court. The Tribal judicial system, whenever possible, shall give full recognition and weight to Tribal customs, including traditional methods of mediation and dispute resolution.
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