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(a) The Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin process is commenced when a person submits a written consent or request for appearance before Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin with the Tribal Court. The Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin process may also be commenced upon referral from a Tribal Government department or Tribal Court ordered referral or diversion in a civil or juvenile proceeding.

(b) Consistent with the purpose of this chapter, no standardized form of consent or request is necessary to commence the Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin process. Any person wishing to appear before Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin shall express their desire to have appointed Elders preside over their matter either in writing or orally to a Tribal Court Judge.

(c) Participants filing a request that do not have an active Tribal Court case or who have not previously paid a Tribal Court filing fee on the same matter must pay a fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) to the Court Clerk upon filing their request. No fee is required for a respondent consenting to appearance before Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin as part of an active Tribal Court case, or for a referral by a Tribal Government department.

(d) Upon the filing with the Court Clerk of a consent, request, or referral to appear, the Clerk shall obtain approval or denial from a Tribal Court Judge to convene Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin. Such denial or approval shall be in writing and copies shall be sent to the filing parties.

(e) Upon approval of the Tribal Court Judge, the Clerk shall issue notices of the scheduled Tana{ Ludaaĝin Qimis{anangin session. The notice should set the session within forty-five (45) calendar days from the date of the filing of the consent, request, or referral and be sent by first class mail to the parties and participant(s). The notice, at a minimum, should contain:

(1) The names of the parties;

(2) The names of the Elders appointed to assist with the matter;

(3) The date, time, and place the session will be held;

(4) A brief description of the subject matter of the session; and

(5) A statement reciting that their attendance at the session is required. [Res. 2012-40; 2008 Code § 2.8.7]