Nicola Valley Indigenous Court set to start operating in October.
Local lawyer Cliff Thorstenson says the announcement follows nearly two years of planning to have a First Nations Court established in Merritt.
"We have been working for a while on this. We have had as many as nine Elders that have expressed an interest in participating, and all have taken the training, and most participated in a mock trail earlier this year."
The Nicola Valley Indigenous Court, which will sit once a month, and is now the fifth operating in the province, with First Nations Courts already existing in New Westminster, Duncan, Kamloops and North Vancouver.
"It looks like the first sitting will be October 25th. And, there is also a grand opening that will take place on October 10th."
A First Nation Court deals with provincial court matters, but an Elders advisory panel, trained in the court system with knowledge of traditions and cultural practices, presides over the process.