Call Out for Tsionkwe’ta Teshakowenna’khwa (Duty Counsel), Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha:ke (Akwesasne Court)

DEADLINE:  July 27, 2018 by 12:00 pm


The Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha: ke (Akwesasne Court) is an inherent right court enacted by the Akwesasne community under the Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha: ke Kaianerenhsera (Akwesasne Court Law).  The Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha: ke, (Akwesasne Court) is seeking applications from qualified candidates to fulfill the duties of Tsionkwe’ta Teshakowenna’khwa (Duty Counsel). 


In general terms, the Tsionkwe’ta Teshakowenna’khwa (“They speak for the person”), reviews individual case files appearing on the Akwesasne Court docket, assesses initial case file for possible diversions, consults/confers with the client and Prosecutor in the dispensation of case files and/or sentencing, advises on Uniform Traffic Tickets, provides advice on other violations under Akwesasne Laws, recommends other advocates and liaises with other defense advocates.


The Akwesasne Court sits every second Wednesday of the month with duty counsel duties from 4 pm until 8pm. Depending on demand, there may be a possibility of the court sitting an additional fourth Wednesday of the month.

To qualify for appointment as the Tsionkwe’ta Teshakowenna’khwa for the Akwesasne Court a person must:

a) be twenty five (25) years of age or older;

b) be a person of good standing in the community;

c) have related post-secondary education or work experience in the field of advocacy;

d) not be an elected member of any political body within the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) or Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council (SRMT) or a representative under the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs (MNCC);

e) not be a member of any board, commission or tribunal in Akwesasne; and

f) not have ever been convicted of:

  • an offense under the Akwesasne Banishment Law, the Akwesasne Drug Law, an Akwesasne Law related to the environment;
  • of an indictable offense in Canada, except for those indicatable offenses pertaining to preservation of community or native rights; or
  • a felony in the United States, except for those felonies pertaining to preservation of community or native rights;

g) must follow the principles and values set out within the Akwesasne Court Law.


If interested please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining your qualification and interest to or by dropping off your application at the Akwesasne Court, Attention: Court Clerk.