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Shiprock court expands payment option for traffic fines
Arizona court has seen sharp increase in collections since implementing service
FARMINGTON — The Shiprock Judicial District is now accepting credit card and online payments for civil traffic fines.
The new service allows individuals to pay for civil traffic fines by credit card on a secure website and to view their court case after creating an account, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch.
The link to create an account for online payments is available under the "JusticeWeb" tab at the Judicial Branch website, navajocourts.org.
After an account is created, a user will be able to search for payments by using his or her name and citation number, the release states.
There is a 5 percent processing fee to make payment by credit card, according to the release.
In addition to the online service, payments by credit card will be accepted at the court's counter or by telephone, the release states.
Prior to those services, the court only accepted payments by money order, and such payment will continue to be accepted.
The Shiprock court is the latest to offer the service, along with the tribal courts in Chinle, Arizona, and Aneth, Utah.
The Kayenta Judicial District in Kayenta, Arizona, was the first to implement online and credit card payments in April 2017, according to the release.
The release states that since offering the service, Kayenta has increased its collection in fines by approximately 29 percent.
The Judicial Branch works with the companies nCourt and Journal Technologies to offer the electronic payment option.
Journal Technologies manages the database through case management software, and nCourt accepts and processes payments, the release states.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.