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Comity rule for tribal court orders nears finish line

A proposed rule that requires Minnesota district courts to enforce tribal court orders appears to be nearly a reality. The Minnesota Supreme Court heard from the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on General Rules of Practice and others on Wednesday, March 14, but heard no opposition.

The proposed Rule 10 of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts requires district courts to recognize and enforce an order or judgment of a tribal court unless a party opposing enforcement demonstrates that there is one of six enumerated flaws in the order. It’s not called a presumption and it’s not called full faith and credit, but it comes very close.


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