All Dockets Passed to May and Court Filing Counters Closed

The court clerk counters shall be closed effective immediately. All filings shall be submitted via email, facsimile, and or United Stated Postal Service. Parties and counsel shall look to the District Rules of Cherokee Nation Rules 1, 2, and 3 for guidance. (Supreme Court Rules 22, 23, and 24)

The regular District Court Friday dockets for March and April are hereby continued as follows:

March 20, 2020 continued to May 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

March 27, 2020 continued to May 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 3, 2020 continued to May 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 9, 2020 continued to May 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 17, 2020 continued to May 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM, and

April 24, 2020 continued to May 22, 2020 at 1:00PM.

The regular District Court Child Support docket for April is hereby continued from April 14, 2020 to May 19, 2020.

This order is subject to extension or modification as necessitated by this emergency.

For more information, please call court staff at (918) 207-3900.

SC-AD-20-01 Order Regarding the COVID-19

Judge John T. Cripps, III

Judge John T. Cripps, III was appointed to the bench of the Cherokee Nation District Court in 1999 and served for 18 years.  Judge Cripps received his Bachelor of Science in Education (1968) and Juris Doctorate (1975) the University of Oklahoma.   In 1968, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the armor branch of the United States Army. He completed armor officer basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Cripps also completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and special warfare school at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his service, he served as a company commander in Gelnhausen, Germany, and as an advisor to the Vietnamese Rangers. After completing his tour in Vietnam, he was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was honorably discharged in 1972. Cripps received several ribbons, medals and badges during his service, including the National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.*

Judge Cripps has been in private practice for 43 years, as well as serving for the following offices:  Muscogee (Creek) Nation, District Judge 2012-Present; Municipal Judge, City of Vian 1976 – Present;  Municipal Judge, City of Sallisaw 1986 – Present; Juvenile Court Judge, City of Sallisaw 2011 – Present;  Municipal Judge, City of Panama 1996 – Present;  Municipal Judge, City of Arkoma 1994 – Present;    Municipal Judge, City of McCurtain 2008 – Present;  Municipal Judge, City of Gore 2009 – Present;  Municipal Judge, City of Wister 2013 – Present;  Municipal Judge, City of Howe 2013 – Present.**

He currently serves as an administrative law judge hearing child support matters for the Cherokee Nation.

*From Cherokee Nation press release dated 2/23/2018 http://www.cherokee.org/News/Stories/20170223_Cherokee-Nation-honors-three-veterans-in-February

**From the Muscogee Creek Tribal Court website on 3/8/2018 http://muscogeecreektribalcourt.org/index.php/judges/judge-cripps