P. O. Box 320, Montezuma Creek, UT 84534   Tel: (435) 651-3545   Fax: (435) 651-3546

Email: anethcourt@navajo-nsn.gov 

Physical Address:  Between the Aneth Chapter Administrative Building and the Head Start Building in Aneth, Utah.

 

Information
 

The Aneth Community Court Project

Begun in January 2012, the Community Court pilot project is modeled on innovative courts in Red Hook, NY. Drawing on traditional principles in Navajo culture, it has two goals: hold the offender accountable and restore him or her to the community. Agencies and service providers work with the court and the offender to holistically address the underlying problem. When the participant completes the requirements of the Community Court, the Court awards a certificate and publicly recognizes the achievement.

"I see holistic approaches made by the Indian courts; it’s kind of like a circle. Everything is related to you; we have relationships with everything. That’s the same way we deal with court proceedings." -- Judge Irene Black

Read an interview with  Judge Irene Black and listen to former Court Administrator Susie Martin and Chief Probation Officer Lucinda Yellowhair on Aneth's Community Court Project

 
News and Announcements

Public Service Announcement

Aneth Judicial District Court will be closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. daily until further notice, effective July 30, 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ANETH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

The Aneth Judicial District is resuming essential services at its court house in Aneth, Utah, effective July 28, 2020. No in-person services are being provided by the Aneth Judicial District as the exterior doors to all Navajo Nation Judicial Branch facilities are locked for the safety of employees and the public.

The Aneth District Court may be contacted by email, fax, telephone or through U.S. mail. The contact information for the Aneth court is as follows:

P. O. Box 320, Montezuma Creek, UT 84534
Telephone: (435) 651-3545
Fax: (435) 651-3546
Email: anethcourt@navajo-nsn.gov

The Court is accepting all filings by email, fax or mail. Filings may also be left in the drop box outside the Court.

To file by email, email documents as PDF files to: anethcourt@navajo-nsn.gov. After doing so, call the Court at (435) 651-3545 to verify your email address and confirm receipt of your document. Emails may be lost in the Navajo Nation’s spam filters if not verified. Documents filed with the Court by email outside Court hours will be received the next Court day during normal Court hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please make sure all documents are signed.

For scheduled court hearings, call the Aneth District Court before the scheduled hearing to confirm that it is taking place and for instructions on how to appear by telephone. Individuals who have legal counsel should communicate with them before calling the Court.

All scheduled hearings will be held by teleconference or other electronic means. If you have any questions, please contact the Court.

Essential services include hearings pertaining to the following types of cases:

  • All criminal proceedings concerning an incarcerated defendant (i.e., arraignment, bail hearings, revocation hearings, etc.)
  • All proceedings concerning detained juveniles, abused or neglected minors (i.e., shelter care hearings);
  • Habeas corpus actions;
  • Involuntary commitment hearings (i.e., mental health commitments, guardianships, and other civil commitments);
  • Extraditions and federal detainers;
  • Order to Show Cause proceedings;
  • Applications for orders of protection and matters of enforcement;
  • Applications for injunctive relief; and
  • Proceedings that are essential to the public health state of emergency.

To pay any fine or fee, mail a money order payable to the “Navajo Nation” to: Aneth District Court, P.O. Box 320, Montezuma Creek, UT 84534. Include citation/court document and contact information. All fines or fees mailed will be processed as received on the postmarked date.

A downloadable “Application for Protection from Domestic Abuse and Service of Process” is available on the Navajo Nation Courts website at www.navajocourts.org. If there are any issues, please contact the Court for assistance. After filing a Petition for a Protection Order, call the Aneth District Court to confirm receipt of your Petition.  

If an emergency protection order is needed on a weekend or holiday, please contact the local police department for assistance.

The Court reminds the public that there are a limited number of staff working at the Court in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and asks for patience during this time as the Court continues to offer essential services during the public health emergency. For any questions or more information, please contact the Court at (435) 651-3545 or anethcourt@navajo-nsn.gov. For the latest information and announcements, please visit www.navajocourts.org.

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Notice

To safeguard the health of our community members, court staff, their families, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus on the Navajo Nation, the Aneth Court building is CLOSED to the public, and open with limited services. 

Court documents to be FILED with the Aneth Court are accepted by mail, at P.O. Box 320 Montezuma Creek, UT 84534; by fax at (435) 651-3546; by email at:   anethcourt@navajo-nsn.gov; and by drop-basket using the intercom in the court’s foyer. 

If you have a scheduled HEARING, please call Aneth Court for further instructions. Please ensure all contact information is current on your filings. 

If you have any questions, please call Aneth Court at (435) 651-3545, between the hours of 8am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation during this time and be safe.

 

The Tribal and Community Reentry Court Program is part of the U.S. District Court in the District of Utah and meets at the Aneth Judicial District Court monthly (every other month via teleconference).
Chapters
  • Aneth
  • Mexican Water
  • Red Mesa
  • Sweetwater (Tolikan)
  • Teec Nos Pos (west of New Mexico/Arizona state line)
 
Judge and Staff
District Court Judge: Irene S. Black


  Administration
  Court Administrator
Bryan Parrish
  Staff Attorney VACANT
  Office Technician Elvira M. Benally
  Custodian Bernice Lee
   
District and Family Court
  Court Clerks Percy A. Mitchell
    Darlena T. Mustache
     
  Bailiffs Daren Roberts
   
  Peacemaking Services Telephone: 435-651-3545
  Traditional Program Specialist Stanley Nez
   
  Probation Services Telephone: 435-651-3545
  Probation Officers Bettina Norton