Council confirms Rhonda Tuni as probationary judge

LEGISLATION 0023-18: An Action Relating to the Navajo Nation Council; Confirming the Probationary Appointment of Rhonda Tuni as Navajo Nation District Court Judge SPONSOR: Honorable Otto Tso

JUDICIAL BRANCH REPRESENTATIVE RALPH ROANHORSE, Ms Tuni has got her Juris Doctorate degree and New Mexico Bar License and Navajo Nation Bar License. Young people can be inspired by Ms Tuni and she is young.

DELEGATE EDMUND YAZZIE, chairman of Law and Order Committee, which recommends judicial appointments, there is congressional bill going before congress that relates to police pursuit. currently non-Navajo law enforcement must stop at Navajo border but this bill would allow police pursuit onto Navajo jurisdiction.

DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE, i will vote green on faith cuz have confirmed appointment of probationary judges who have not worked out and so appreciate that there is a probationary period. Have concern that when appoint probationary judges that they become bosses, for example they order everyone to show up at the same time and people and police officers and social workers are all waiting. Families with children waiting in heat or cold weather.

DELEGATE AMBER CROTTY, congratulations Ms Tuni and reading your background and impressed with your experience. But ask how judges given continued professional development. But comfortable with probationary period. To Roanhorse, is there development, training. And on permanent appointment of judge, I opposed. And Delegate Tsosie would like an update on Judicial Review Commission.




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