These Rules shall be liberally construed in order that justice is served and cases resolved as promptly and efficiently as reasonably possible. In resolving cases before the Court, great weight will be given to relevant prior decision of the Karuk Tribal Court. Where such decisions do not exist, the Court will look first to the notions of fairness inherent in the Karuk culture, then to principles of fairness inherent in Karuk common law, and then may consider other tribal court decisions, federal decisions, and/or decisions of state courts, provided they do not conflict with Karuk cultural prerogatives. In the event these Rules are silent as to specific timelines and other procedural matters, the Tribal Court has the discretion to rely on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or relevant state procedural rules for guidance. Parties and advocates appearing in the Tribal Court are advised to familiarize themselves with the Tribe’s substantive laws for additional procedural requirements (such as the specific timeline requirements for certain child welfare cases) not found in these Rules.