The Court will be open to the public, but following all CDC safety guidelines, for business Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and will be closed Tuesdays and Fridays.
All non-emergency hearings scheduled through September 30, 2020 will be continued.
Normally, hours are Monday through Friday, except for holidays, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (MST).
Inappropriate attire is not allowed in the courtroom. Dress should be casual in attire, but respectful of the court. DO NOT wear spaghetti or halter strap tops, tank tops, sheer blouses, short skirts, short pants, hats, caps, and t-shirts with inappropriate pictures or sayings. Absolutely no cell phones allowed. Food and beverages are not allowed.
Payments can be made during regular business hours.
When requesting for a copy of a court hearing you will need to submit a written request to the court clerks’ office stating the party (person) the hearing was held for, date and time of the hearing. You will also need to provide a blank CD-R (recordable CD). There is a fee of $10.00 per recording.
When requesting for copies of court documents, you will need to submit a written request to the court clerks’ office stating the document you would like, be as specific as possible, providing the date, case number and/or parties in the case. There is a copy cost of $0.50 per page, if you are requesting for a certified copy, the fee for certification is $2.50 per document in addition to the copy cost.
The civic duty to appear in court when summoned, to hear facts of a case, if selected as a juror, and enter a verdict of guilty or not guilty for a peer who has requested a trial by a jury. Jurors are summoned based on information provided by the Hopi Enrollment Department. It is important that your information, including your mailing address is kept up to date. Should you have any questions, please contact the Hopi Enrollment Department at (928) 734-3154.
Jury – 6 men and/or women selected according to law and sworn to inquire of certain matters of fact and declare the truth upon evidence that is to be laid before them. To qualify as a juror one must be an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe, be over the age of 21 years, reside on the Hopi Reservation for the past 90 days, and not be convicted of any felony charges.
Potential jurors will be excused from jury duty if they meet one of the following conditions:
- You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
- You are not an enrolled member of the Hopi Indian Tribe.
- You are under 21 years of age. You will need to provide your date of birth.
- You have not lived on the Hopi Indian Reservation for the past 90 days. You will need to provide the place where you currently reside.
- You have been convicted of a felony crime in federal or state court. You will need to provide the name of the court, the name of the offense(s), and the date of conviction.
- You are the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Council Representative of the Hopi Tribe.
- You are a Hopi Tribal Judge (Appellate Court, Trial Court or Children’s Court)
- You work for a Tribal or Federal Police Department. You will need to provide your employer’s name and your job title.
- Members of the Tribal and Federal Police Departments and Rangers.
- Appointed and elected official of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government of the Hopi Tribe, as follows:
- Tribal Council Representatives;
- Chief Judge, Senior Associate Judge, Associate Judges and Appellate Court Judges;
- Hopi Elders age 70 and over may file for a permanent exemption from Jury Duty.
Obtain a Background Check Request form from the court clerks’ office, complete the form and submit to the court clerk’s office. The following information: full name of individual, include any aliases and former names used, date of birth and social security number. Any agency requesting information on a minor will need a signed consent from the parent or guardian of the minor.
NOTE: A response may take up to two weeks or longer.
Search for Notaries in the local at www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/
Hopi Tribal Ordinance 50 protects persons related by clan, family or intimate partners from all forms of abuse and violence. It also preserves the family, clan, traditions and culture as it emphasizes respect for oneself, family, clan and others. Ordinance 50 is also called the Family Relations Ordinance of the Hopi Tribe.
Persons who have been subjected to abuse and violence may obtain legal and support services from the Hopi Domestic Violence Prevention Program at telephone number (928) 738-1115.
To prevent irreparable injury, harm to a person or loss of property, not involving members of a family, clan or intimate partners in violence or abuse situations, a temporary restraining order may be issued with or without notice to an adverse party to prevent him or her from carrying out an act which may be injurious, harmful or which could result in the loss of property.
A temporary restraining order may be obtained by filing a verified complaint and an affidavit that immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage will result to the applicant before notice can be served and a hearing held, Hopi Rules Civil Procedures, Rule 34. Injunctions.
A person may employ an attorney or legal counsel for assistance in obtaining a temporary restraining order, or he or she may do so without legal assistance or representation.