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

Justice Jack E. Rider


A native of Stilwell, Rider took pre-law classes from Northeastern State University following his tour of duty during the Korean War.  After receiving his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1961, he maintained a law practice in Stilwell.  He served that community as city attorney as well as attorney for the utility board.   In addition to his law practice, Rider was a noted steel guitarist.  He made solo records and accompanied such noted musicians as Johnnie Lee Wills and Leon McAuliffe.  Principal Chief Ross Swimmer first appointed Rider to the bench in 1980.  He was reappointed in 1987 by Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller.  Late in 1989 Rider became the first Justice to die in office when he passed away while undergoing medical treatment in Temple, Texas.  


Biographical information taken from “The First Fifteen Years of the Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal” written by George N. Otey, III in 1990