We were impressed to hear that the Superior Court of El Dorado County has worked out a joint court with the tribal judge from the Shingle Springs Rancheria.
One judge from each jurisdiction will sit together for child welfare, family court, domestic violence, juvenile matters and substance abuse issues concerning tribal members.
The two judges will alternate between courtrooms in Placerville and at the rancheria.
“This proposal allows us to, for the first time, offer one unified proceeding designed to address the issue which brought the children and families into the court system,” said Judge Suzanne M. Kingsbury, presiding judge of the El Dorado County Superior Court.
The new endeavor is being financed by a grant from the Bureau of Justice assistance. This follows a similar approach used in Oregon and El Dorado County’s effort will serve as a model for the rest of the state and nationally.
We congratulate Judge Kingsbury and Tribal Judge Christine Williams for making this cooperative court happen. This is just another reason for Judge Kingsbury to remain presiding judge of the El Dorado County Superior Court.