Press Release Archive

Public service announcement

Tuba City Judicial District will be closed Friday, December 15, 2017, from 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dilkon Judicial District will be closed Thursday, December 21, 2017.

To'hajiilee-Alamo Judicial District will be closed December 18, 2017, for staff development.

The DNA-People's Legal Services is sponsoring a Pro Se Clinic at the Dzil Yijiin Judicial District, located at the Pinon Chapter House, on December 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. See flyer for more information.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed November 22-24, 2017, in observance of Thanksgiving and Navajo Nation Family Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours November 27, 2017.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Monday, November 13, 2017.

As a reminder, the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch will be closed October 31 through November 3, 2017, for all staff to attend mandatory training. The branch may be reached via fax at (602) 431-6535; however, please be aware that this line is not secure. Emails may also be sent to mprice@navajo-nsn.gov to reach branch staff if necessary.

Dzil Yijiin Judicial District will be closed on October 24, 2017. The closure is because the court is located in the Pinon Chapter house, which will be a voting site for the Navajo Nation Referendum Election.

Judicial Branch awarded two federal grants

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation was awarded two grants totaling $699,630 through the United States Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. Of that, $350,000 was awarded for the purpose area of Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court and $349,630 was awarded for the purpose area of Tribal Youth Program. Both grants are from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Read more about the grants.

Judges take oaths of office

Two judges were confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council during the fall session. They each took the oath of office delivered by Chief Justice Thomas J. Holgate on October 18, 2017, at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber. Tina Tsinigine was confirmed as a probationary district court judge on October 17, 2017. Malcolm P. Begay was confirmed as a permanent district court judge on October 18, 2017. Read the press release.

Quarterly report released

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation releases its FY 2017 Fourth Quarterly Report. Reports from the judicial districts and programs are available within this document.

Chinle Justice Center opens doors to the public

The Chinle Judicial District began operations at its new location at the Chinle Justice Center on Navajo Route 27 in Chinle, Arizona, on October 9, 2017. The court, Peacemaking Program and Office of Probation and Parole Services for Chinle Judicial District now have office locations and will offer services at the new location. The main telephone and fax line will remain the same. Telephone lines are limited at this time. For more information, please call the court at (928) 674-2070. See press release.

Judicial Branch closure

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch will be closed October 31 through November 3, 2017, for all staff to attend mandatory training. Please contact the respective court or program for more information.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court opinion compilation now for sale

September 28, 2017: The Navajo Reporter Vol. 9 is now for sale. The Navajo Reporter volumes are compilations of the opinions of the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation. Volume 9 contains fully indexed and digested opinions from January 2006 through December 2012, as well as selected examples of decisions from the Navajo Nation district and family courts that applied Diné bi beenahaz'áanii.

The Supreme Court had previously announced the Reporter was released; however, several errors were found and the book had to be reprinted.

The Navajo Reporter Vol. 9 is available for sale through the Navajo Nation Supreme Court for $100, not including shipping and handling fees. Please contact Michael V. Smith, Supreme Court Clerk, at (928) 871-6763 or visit the Supreme Court webpage for more information about ordering this and other volumes of the Navajo Reporter. Press release available here.

Public Service Announcement

September 26, 2017: Window Rock Judicial District Court's main phone line is down. Please call the court at (928) 871-6471 until further notice.

To'hajiilee and Alamo Courts will be closed Monday, September 18, 2017, for staff development training.

Shiprock Judicial District will be closed Friday, September 29, 2017. For more information, please call (505) 368-1270.

The Supreme Court phone lines are down as of September 12, 2017. Please call the Office of the Chief Justice at 928-871-7669 to leave a message. UPDATE: Phone lines are back on as of September 14, 2017.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day.

Requests for Proposals

Request for Proposals Bid No. 17-08-1708VJ: The Navajo Nation Purchasing Services Department is soliciting for sealed proposals and bids to procure digital document scanning equipment. See RFP for more information.

Request for Proposals Bid No. 17-08-1709LE: The Navajo Nation Purchasing Services Department is soliciting for sealed proposals and bids to provide meeting rooms, lodging and meals. See RFP for more information.

Public Service Announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, August 21, 2017.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, August 14, 2017, to observe Navajo Code Talkers Day.

Holgate sworn in as acting Chief Justice

Thomas J. Holgate was given the oath of office to assume duties as acting Chief Justice during a swearing in ceremony August 1, 2017, in Window Rock, Ariz. See press release.

Legislative oversight action taken on judge and acting Chief Justice positions

July 31, 2017: The Law and Order Committee passed the following legislations during its special meeting:

  • Legislation No. 0274-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order; Designating Retired Judge Thomas Holgate as Acting Chief Justice for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court Pending the Appointment and Confirmation of a Permanent Chief Justice
  • Legislation No. 0266-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order and Naabik'iyati'; Confirming the Probationary Appointment of Tina Tsinigine as Navajo Nation District Court Judge
  • Legislation No. 0267-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order; Recommending Confirmation of the Honorable Malcolm P. Begay as Permanent Navajo Nation District Court Judge
  • Legislation No. 0271-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order, Naabik'iyati' and Navajo Nation Council; Confirming the Honorable Malcolm P. Begay as Permanent Navajo Nation District Court Judge

Public service announcement

July 31, 2017: The Window Rock Judicial District will have limited services to the public on August 1, 2017. For more information, please contact the court at (928) 871-6626.

July 26, 2017: Telephone lines at Aneth Judicial District Court have been down since July 25, 2017. The court is asking for patience while the telephone lines are being repaired.

July 25, 2017: Since July 24, 2017, the Administrative Office of the Courts, Fiscal Office, central and Window Rock Peacemaking Program and Window Rock Judicial District currently do not have network services for email, JustWare and the internet. The recent storms have caused damage to some network hardware equipment and Judicial Branch Information Technology staff are currently working with DIT to restore services to the offices. Phone services are functional. UPDATE: The network is functioning as of 11:00 a.m., July 25, 2017, and AOC, Fiscal Office, central and Window Rock Peacemaking Program and Window Rock Judicial District are back online.

Acting Chief Justice Sloan announces retirement

The Honorable Allen Sloan announced his intention to retire as the Acting Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, effective July 31, 2017. Chief Justice Sloan's judicial career has spanned 28 years – two years as the Chief Justice and 26 years as a Navajo Nation Trial Judge. He is the longest serving member of the Navajo Nation judiciary. He was designated Acting Chief Justice on July 27, 2015, by the Law and Order Committee of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council. The Judicial Branch thanks Chief Justice Allen Sloan for his service and dedication to the people and the Navajo Nation and wishes him well in his retirement.

FY17 Third Quarterly Report released

The Judicial Branch quarterly report for Fiscal Year 2017 Third Quarter has been released and is availabe under the Branch Reports page.

Public service announcement

Window Rock Judicial District Court is closed July 13, 2017. Hearings affected by the closure will be continued. The Court will reopen July 14, 2017.

FY16 Annual Report released

The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation has been released and is available under the Branch Reports page.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

The Dilkon Judicial District Court announces that it will have limited services June 27-28, 2017, due to staff training. For more information, please call (928) 657-8140.

The Ramah Judicial District Court is closed June 22, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and all day on June 23, 2017, due to utility issues in the area.

Rules and Plan of Operation approved for Judicial Conduct Commission

The Law and Order Committee of the Navajo Nation Council approved the plan of operations and the rules and procedures of the Judicial Conduct Commission on Monday, June 19, 2017. The plan of operations for the Commission is a requirement in Title 7 of the Navajo Nation Code. It will guide the operation of the Commission, which was only reconstituted with full membership last year. The rules outline how the Commission will carry out its responsibilities. See press release.

Public service announcement

Shiprock Judicial District Court will be closed on Thursday, June 29, 2017, due to scheduled training for court personnel.

Public comment period

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is providing the public the opportunity to provide comment on the performance of seven district court judges and one associate justice due by June 16, 2017, at 5 p.m. Please read the announcement for further details.

Public service announcement

May 31, 2017: Phone and fax lines are down at the Window Rock Judicial District Court. The Court is working with the service provider to address the issue and thanks the public for their understanding and patience.

Window Rock District Court providing services at new site

The Window Rock Judicial District Court is open and providing limited services at its new location in the modular building north of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise store and south of the Ace Hardware store in Window Rock, Ariz. The Window Rock Office of Probation and Parole Services will also be stationed at the new location. See press release.

Update: As of May 26, 2017, the main phone line (928) 871-6626 is back up and the Window Rock District Court is taking calls onsite.

Uniform fines and fees for traffic civil violations implemented

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch has implemented uniform civil motor vehicle infraction fines and fees for civil traffic violations across all judicial districts. The new schedule will assure fair remedies so individuals pay the same fines or fees for the same civil traffic infractions at all district court locations. See press release.

Public service announcements

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is closed Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day and on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in observance of Navajo Nation Memorial Day.

Window Rock Judicial District Court is closed May 22, 2017, due to a reported gas leak. Please check this website for further updates.

Kayenta Judicial District will be hosting a Mobile Court on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pro se clinic schedule at the Naatsis'aan Chapter House, Navajo Mountain, Utah. There will also be a free pro se legal clinic offered. For more information, see the flyer or call (928) 697-5541.

Tuba City Judicial District includes guardianship of a minor on May 18, 2017; various topics on June 2, 2017; name change, correction of record and declaration of a name on June 23, 2017; and probate on July 14, 2017. All pro se clinics begin at 8:30 a.m. Individuals need to arrive by 8 a.m. and bring a money order for $5.25 to attend the clinic. For more information, see flyer.

Hearings of the Ramah Judicial District Court on May 10, 2017, have been moved to the Ramah detention center due to lack of electricity at the court. Phone lines and internet are also down.

Supreme Court sets hearing for oral arguments

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation has set The Northern Navajo Edge Casino v. Window Rock District Court, No. SC-CV-67-16, for oral argument. The matter will be heard at 1:45 p.m., June 9, 2017, at Twin Arrows Casino in Twin Arrows, Arizona

Public service announcements

Agendas for Alamo Court on May 8, 2017, and To'hajiilee Court on May 9, 2017, are now available. Please note that To'hajiilee Court will be closed on May 8, 2017.

The agenda for Ramah Judicial District on May 5, 2017, is available here.

The flyer for Shiprock's Public Safety Day to be held May 5, 2017, has been released. Also, see agenda.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed on Monday, April 24, 2017, to observe Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day.

Shiprock Judicial District Court will be open on April 27, 2017. The training that had previously been scheduled for that day has been postponed. A new date for court closure will be announced when the information becomes available.

Quarterly report released

The Fiscal Year Second Quarterly Report of the Judicial Branch has been released. Click on the "Branch Reports" link on this page to access.

Request for proposals

The Judicial Branch has released a Request for Proposals for an electrical service project for the Administrative Office of the Courts and Supreme Court modular buildings. See the RFP for more information.

Kayenta Judicial District will be first to accept credit card payments

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is pleased to announce that Kayenta Judicial District will begin rollout of the ePayment initiative on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. What this means for the public is that they will now have the ability to pay for traffic fines within the Kayenta Judicial District by credit card on a secure website. They will also be able to view their cases after creating an account on JusticeWeb. The public will eventually be able to make payments by credit card at the court counter. See press release.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, April 14, 2017. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, April 17, 2017.

What Happens Now seminar scheduled for April 6 in Chinle

The New Path Reentry Planning Workgroup and Navajo Nation Probation and Parole Services are hosting a "What Happens Now" seminar at the Chinle Chapterhouse on April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Families of returning citizens or those formerly incarcerated are invited. See press release.

Public service announcement

Shiprock Judicial District Court will be closed March 30, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for staff training. UPDATE: The Shiprock Judicial District has rescheduled training and will be closed April 27, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will be open on March 30, 2017.

The Ramah Judicial District has re-opened as of March 23, 2017. The announced closure for March 23-24, 2017, is rescinded.

Commemorating the creation of the Navajo court system

The judicial districts of the Navajo Nation annually observe Justice Day to commemorate the creation of the Navajo courts. The Navajo tribe established its own court system effective April 1, 1959. This year marks the 58th anniversary of the Navajo Nation's court system. The judicial districts will be observing Justice Day with various activities that are open to the public. See press release. The courts will be holding Justice Day on the following dates and at the following locations:

Public service announcement

The Ramah Judicial District Court building will be closed March 20-24, 2017. The facility will be provided necessary maintenance services during that time. Court administration and Peacemaking staff will have limited operations at the Ramah Navajo Chapter, where staff may be reached at (505) 775-7140/7142. The Probation and Parole Services office for Ramah will be open on Monday, March 20, 2017, and operating out of the Ramah detention facility that day. All Ramah Judicial District staff will have limited to no Internet access. There are no court cases scheduled during the closure.

Aneth Judicial District Court will be closed Monday, March 20, 2017, due to staff training. Please contact the court at (435) 651-3545 for more information.

Alamo Court will be closed Friday, March 10, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calls for Alamo Court may be made to the To'hajiilee Court on that day at (505) 908-2817.

Judicial Branch newsletter released

March 6, 2017: The Judicial Branch newsletter Dine' Justice for March 2017 has been released. The newsletter includes stories on best practices presentations during the Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit, new staff attorney, upcoming events, the Tribal Action Plan development and celebrating the creation of the Navajo Court system. Read our newsletter here.

Re-entry seminar scheduled in April

What Happens Now? seminar to be held April 6, 2017, at the Chinle Chapter House, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, see the flyer or e-mail rchee@navajo-nsn.gov.

Public service announcements

Window Rock Judicial District is closed February 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., due to mandatory training. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court will accept filings on behalf of the Window Rock Judicial District Court.

The Peacemaking Program's judicial district offices will be closed March 1-3, 2017.

Ramah Judicial District Court is closed February 27, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Court will resume normal operating hours February 28, 2017.

Dzil Yijiin Judicial District will be closed Tuesday, February 28, 2017, for staff to participate in in-service training.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017, to observe Presidents' Day. Regular operating hours will resume Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

The Tuba City Judicial District Court will be closed February 17, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff to attend training. For more information, call (928) 283-3140.

Judicial Branch offices at the Department of Information Technology building are closed February 13, 2017, until further notice, including offices of Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Government Relations Officer, and Window Rock Senior Probation Officer. Updates will be posted on this website when available. UPDATE: Offices resume regular operating hours February 14, 2017.

The Window Rock Judicial District Court and Probation and Parole Office are closed February 10, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., due to plumbing issues affecting the work environment. The Court and office will resume normal operating hours February 13, 2017.

Judicial Branch newsletter released

The Judicial Branch newsletter, "Dine' Justice," has been released for February 2017. It contains quarterly updates from the branch. Read the newsletter here.

Aneth Judicial District holding pro se clinic

Aneth Judicial District is holding a pro se clinic on February 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, call 435-651-3545. See flier.

Alamo-To'hajiilee Judicial District news

A resource meeting for the community of Alamo is scheduled for February 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the Alamo Wellness Center.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Tribal Training Technical Assistance is having a community site visit in Alamo on February 13-14, 2017, at the Alamo Chapter. See flyer.

A meeting for Alamo-To'hajiilee peacemakers is being held February 17, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the To'hajiilee Chapter. For more information on these events, contact the Traditional Program Specialist at (505) 908-2817. See flyer.

Thompson confirmed for permanent appointment as district court judge

The Honorable Cynthia Thompson was confirmed for a permanent appointment as district court judge January 26, 2017, by the Navajo Nation Council. She was given the oath of office by Acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan immediately following the vote that approved confirmation. See press release.

Supreme Court to hold hearing

On February 10, 2017, the Supreme Court will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on SC-CV-68-16, Morgan v. Window Rock District Court and Concerning Navajo Nation. In this petition for writ of prohibition against Window Rock District Court, Lawrence Morgan argues that Window Rock District Court is proceeding without or in excess of its jurisdiction with a sentencing hearing despite having vacated the plea agreement and disposition order between Morgan and the Navajo Nation. The location of the hearing will be announced at a later date. UPDATE: The hearing will be held at the Legislative Nahata Building, Window Rock, Arizona.

Public service announcement

Aneth Judicial District and Window Rock Judicial District will have limited services Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Aneth Judicial District Court at (435) 651-3545 or the Window Rock Judicial District Court at (928) 871-6626.

Etsitty named administrative director

Stephen B. Etsitty has been named the Administrative Director of the Courts. His first day of employment with the Judicial Branch began Monday, January 23, 2017. Etsitty was most recently a director with New World Environmental, Inc. Prior to that, Etsitty served as the executive director of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency from July 2003 to May 2015. See press release.

Branch Quarterly Report released

The Judicial Branch Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarterly Report has been released and is available on the Branch Reports webpage.

Tuba City Pro Se Clinic Schedule

Pro se clinics are scheduled for February 9, 2017 (validation of common law marriage, recognition of traditional marriage, dissolution of marriange, paternity, child support, custody, visitation, how to answer to petition), February 16, 2017 (name change, correction of record, declaration of a name), February 23, 2017 (guardianship of a minor) and March 9, 2017 (probate). Participants should be at the court at 8 a.m. to purchase the pro se packet. There is a fee of $5.25 to attend the clinic. The fee must be paid with a money order. You will also need to bring paper and pen for notes. Individuals who arrive after the clinic begins will not be allowed to attend the session. The date of the clinic is subject to change. Please verify date of clinic three days before the scheduled date by calling (928) 283-3140. See flier.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Alamo courthouse reopened

Staff members of the Navajo Nation's Alamo Court have returned to full operation in the courthouse as of Monday, January 9, 2017. The Judicial Branch, Navajo Nation Facilities Maintenance Department and the Safety and Loss offices cooperated to make sure the building is safe for occupancy. Temporary repairs have been made on the roof to prevent water and/or snow leaks. See press release.

Private process service seminar

A private process service seminar will be held at the Tuba City Judicial District on January 19, 2017. For more information, please contact Ms. Tina Tsinigine at (928) 283-3140. See flier.

Public service announcement

The Dzil Yijiin Judicial District is closed today for necessary renovations. Petitions for Temporary Protection Order are available at the chapters within the Dzil Yijiin Judicial District, Chinle Police District or ADABI for the convenience of the public. The court will resume business on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Whippoorwill Chapter.
UPDATE: Dzil Yijiin Judicial District has temporarily relocated to Pinon Chapter to resume court operations effective December 28, 2016.
UPDATE: As of January 6, 2017, the Dzil Yijiin Judicial District can be reached at (928) 725-3781 and through fax at (928) 725-3786.

The Window Rock Judicial District will have limited services December 22, 2016, due to in-service training. The court will resume business Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Dual enrollment course features peacemaking teachings

Five students at To'Hajiilee Community School presented their final projects as part of the first dual enrollment College 101 course offered through the school and New Mexico State University. This is the first time that traditional peacemaking teachings are part of such a course. Read the press release.

Kayenta Judicial District mobile court

The Kayenta Judicial District will be offering mobile court services on Friday, January 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Shonto Chapter House. The public will have an opportunity to file a new case, make payments on fines, inquire into case status, and learn about peacemaking and probation services. There will also be a free pro se legal clinic for litigants representing themselves in the court. For more information, please call (928) 697-5541. See flier.

Public service announcements

The Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts and Peacemaking Program central office will be closed Dec. 20, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Urgent matters may be referred to the Window Rock District Court.

The courts, programs and offices of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed on December 23, 2016 and December 26, 2016, and on December 30, 2016 and January 2, 2017.

The courts, programs and offices of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed November 23-25, 2016, to observe Thanksgiving and Navajo Nation Family Day. Normal business hours will resume Monday, November 28, 2016.

Upcoming pro se clinics

November 10, 2016: Family Pro Se Clinic (Validation of traditional marriage, recognition of common law marriage, dissolution of marriage, paternity, child support, visitation and custody, modification of a previous court order), Tuba City Judicial District

November 17, 2016: Probate Pro Se Clinic, Tuba City Judicial District

November 17, 2016: Adult Guardianship Pro Se Clinic, Window Rock DNA Legal Services. Must sign up at the Window Rock Family Court to register.

December 5, 2016: Free legal clinic, Kayenta Judicial District, 10 a.m.

December 9, 2016: Pro Se Clinic at Aneth Judicial District, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

December 29, 2016: Adult Guardianship pro se clinic, Window Rock DNA Legal Service conference room, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Must sign up with Window Rock Court to register.

Public service announcement

The courts, programs and offices of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, November 11, 2016, to observe Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume Monday, November 14, 2016.

Kayenta Mobile Court to provide services to Oljato

The Kayenta Judicial District will be providing mobile court services on Friday, October 21, 2016, to the Oljato Navajo chapter, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Monument Valley Visitors Center in Monument Valley, UT. Mobile court services will include new Navajo Nation court case filings, pending family and district case inquiries, fine and fee payments, probation services, peacemaking services and free pro se clinic. For additional information, call (928) 697-5541. See flyer.

Judicial Branch quarterly report released

The Judicial Branch Fiscal Year 2016 Fourth Quarterly Report is now available on the Branch Reports page on this website.

Public Service Announcement

The Administrative Office of the Courts and Supreme Court will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2016, for staff to assist and participate in the Appreciation Ceremony at Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park.

Public Service Announcement

The Window Rock Judicial District is closed September 27, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to facility issues.

Judicial Branch to host appreciation ceremony

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be hosting an appreciation ceremony on Sept. 29 at the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park. Activities will begin with a 5K fun run/walk sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health Services. The run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park. A program with speakers will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a luncheon. The Judicial Branch wishes to thank the Navajo Nation Council, President Russell Begaye, Vice President Nez, the Law and Order Committee, Facilities Maintenance Department, Parks and Recreation and the public for the construction of two modular buildings for the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Supreme Court. Read more.

Public Service Announcement

The central Peacemaking Program office in Window Rock, Ariz., will be closed on September 13-14, 2016, due to utility work that is occurring in its immediate vicinity.

What Happens Now seminar set for Sept. 29

The New Path Reentry Planning Workgroup and Navajo Nation Probation & Parole Services are hosting a "What Happens Now" seminar at the Navajo Nation Museum on Sept. 29, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Families of returning citizens or those formerly incarcerated are invited. The purpose of the seminar is to engage families in the pre- and post-release process for their loved ones who are returning or were formerly incarcerated, encourage families to support the transition from prison to home, provide an overview of supervised release, and promote transparency and build bridges among government officials, non-governmental organizations, families and the returning citizens or former offenders. For more information, contact Raquel Chee. See flyer and press release.

Kayenta Judicial District holding mobile court Sept. 9

The Kayenta Judicial District will be providing mobile court services on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at the Naatsis'áán (Navajo Mountain) Chapter from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and at the Tsa'ah bii Kin (Inscription House) Chapter House from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mobile court services include new Navajo Nation court case filings, pending family and district case inquiries, fines and fee payments, probation services and pro se clinic. For more information, call (928) 697-5541. See flyer.

Public service announcement

The Crownpoint Judicial District will be closed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 29, 2016.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, August 26, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for all staff to take part in Staff Development. All courts, programs and offices will re-open on Monday, August 29, 2016.

Public invited to grand opening of Chinle Justice Center

The Navajo Nation District of Chinle Police Department, Department of Corrections, Criminal Investigations, Prosecutor, Judicial Branch and Peacemaking invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of the new Justice Center on Aug. 19, 2016. See press release and flyer.

Supreme Court to hold hearings

***LOCATION CHANGED***The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation has scheduled Oral Arguments on July 28, 2016, to address candidacy qualifications of three School Board candidates. At 10:00 a.m. the Court will address the matter concerning David Martinez, Jr. and Leo L. Pino, who were both disqualified for DUI convictions. At 11:00 a.m., the Court will address the matter concerning Carolyn Coho Jose, who was not disqualified after the Office of Hearings and Appeals determined her deferred sentence for a first offense DUI was not a conviction. All hearings will be held at the Navajo Nation Labor Commission.

Public service announcement

July 22, 2016: The Office of the Chief Justice, the central Peacemaking Program, Financial Services,and Human Resources Office of the Judicial Branch will be closed Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. due to a water outage. Please contact the appropriate office for any questions.

July 25, 2016: Dilkon Court is closed until further notice. UPDATE: Dilkon Court has reopened as of August 1, 2016.

July 26, 2016: The Alamo Court and Probation Services have been temporarily relocated to the Alamo Chapter House and the Peacemaking Program hogan until further notice. Messages can be left with To'hajiilee Court until further notice.

Youth complete apprentice peacemaker curriculum

July 20, 2016: Earlier this year developed a Peacemaking curriculum for young people and recruited youth between the ages of 11-17 years old to participate in an apprenticeship program. Now, more than 50 young people have completed the curriculum to become Youth Apprentice Peacemakers. The accomplishments of the Youth Apprentice Peacemakers will be celebrated during a ceremony at Diné College Student Activity Room, on July 29, 2016, at 10 a.m., in Tsaile, Ariz. These young people will work in their schools and communities on a peer-to-peer basis, with support and mentorship from Peacemakers and Program staff, to assist their fellow students in their search for identity, pride, and hózhó. See press release. ***Time has changed to 9 a.m.***

Public Service Announcement

July 18, 2016: The Window Rock District Court building has been evacuated due to a gas leak and will be closed for the remainder of the day. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court will accept filings for the Window Rock District Court.

FY 2016 Third Quarter report released

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch releases its Fiscal Year 2016 Third Quarter Report. The report may be accessed on the Branch Reports page.

Request for Proposals for Roof Inspection and Repair

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch is soliciting sealed bids for the roof inspection and leak repair project. The Request for Proposal (RFP) package is available on the Navajo Nation Purchasing Department website at www.nnooc.org or Judicial Branch website at www.navajocourts.org. BIDS DUE: July 15, 2016 – 4:00 P.M. (Mountain Day Light Savings Time). Bid(s) received after this date and time will not be accepted and will be returned to sender. Faxed or emailed bids will not be accepted.

Public comment period for Justice Assistance Grant application

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch is eligible to receive $48,831 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for FY 2016. The Judicial Branch is proposing to implement Moral Reconation Therapy in its Probation and Parole Services to improve the outcomes for clients and to improve overall public safety. The Judicial Branch is holding a 30-day public comment period beginning July 1, 2016, and ending August 1, 2016, on the grant proposal. Comments may be sent to Raquel Chee, grants administrator, at rchee@navajo-nsn.gov. See the press release and the grant application.

Public comment period for Judge Malcolm Begay

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is providing the public the opportunity to provide comment on the performance of probationary District Court Judge Malcolm Begay. Comments may be emailed to Ralph Roanhorse, Human Resources Director, at rroanhorse@navajo-nsn.gov, or mailed to Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation, Attention: Ralph Roanhorse, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, Arizona, 86515. Only comments that pertain to the judge's judicatory function will be accepted. Anonymous comments will not be accepted. Comments must be received by the Judicial Branch by 5 p.m. on July 12, 2016. See press release for more information.

Tribal Action Plan workshop to be held in August

The Tribal Action Plan Workshop is being held August 1-3, 2016, at Twin Arrows. Registration opens June 20, 2016, and closes July 1, 2016. Click here for more information. Read the press release.

Judicial Conduct Commission reconstituted

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation announces that the Judicial Conduct Commission has been fully seated with five members appointed per 7 N.N.C. § 423. The five members are William Thorne, Robert Yazzie, Judy R. Apachee, Troy Eid, and Manley Begay. The Commission makes findings and recommendations on complaints on Navajo Nation judges that are referred to it. Complaints must first be made in writing to the Chief Justice, who is the administrative head of the Judicial Branch. See the press release.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch Human Resources and Fiscal Offices will be closed Monday, June 6, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., due to staff attending Justice Web Training in Tuba City, AZ. The offices will re-open Tuesday June 7, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Should you have any questions, please contact (928) 871-6899.

Livingston confirmed as permanent judge

Leonard Livingston was confirmed as a permanent judge of the Navajo Nation by the Navajo Nation Council on Friday, May 27, 2016. He is currently serving as district court judge at Ramah Judicial District. See press release.

Public Service Announcement

The Judicial Branch will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day and on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in observance of Navajo Nation Memorial Day.

Supreme Court oral arguments set

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation will be hearing oral arguments in Navajo Nation v. Tso, No. SR-CR-03-16, on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel conference center, Albuquerque, N.M., at 9 a.m., during the annual Navajo Nation Bar Association conference.

Mental Health First Aid training opportunity

May 2, 2016 - Mental Health First Aid training is being provided by Tséhootsooí Medical Center for peacemakers and Judicial Branch staff June 15 and June 22, 2016. A certificate will be provided to those that complete the training. Due to limited space, this training is limited to 30 individuals. Please register by 5:00 p.m. on May 25, 2016. This form may be submitted via email to Kristina Manymules, Community Development Specialist with the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch Peacemaking Program. If you have any questions, please call (928)871-6762. Please click here for the flier.

Judicial Branch Quarterly Report and Annual Report released

April 13, 2016 - The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch released its Quarterly Report for Fiscal Year 2016 Second Quarter and the 2015 Annual Report. The reports may be accessed through the Branch Reports page.

Peacemaking Program seeking TCIP Advisory Board members

March 29, 2016 - The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch Peacemaking Program is establishing a Tribal Court Improvement Program (TCIP) Central Advisory Board, which will advise, guide, and make suggestions to the Peacemaking Program for the purposes of increasing engagement services relating to family preservation, family reunification and child safety. If you have any questions, or are interested in participating in the TCIP Central Advisory Board, please contact Kristina Manymules, Community Development Specialist, at (928)871-6762 or via email at kristinamanymules@navajo-nsn.gov. For more information, see announcement and agenda for April 6, 2016 TCIP Advisory Committee meeting.

Judicial Districts to celebrate Justice Day

The judicial districts of the Navajo Nation annually observe Justice Day at their courts to celebrate the creation of the Navajo courts. This year is the 57th anniversary of the Navajo Nation's court system. The Navajo tribe established its own court system effective April 1, 1959. Justice Day gives the public an opportunity to visit the courts and to learn about how our justice system works. Judicial districts will be observing Justice Day with various activities that are open to the public. The courts of the judicial districts will be holding Justice Day on the following dates and at the following locations (includes additional and rescheduled dates as of 4/27/16):

Law and Order Committee seeking applicants for Judicial Conduct Commission

The Law and Order Committee is seeking applications for appointment to the Judicial Conduct Commission. Pursuant to 7 N.N.C. § 423(A)(4), the Law and Order Committee selects a member of the public who is not a current member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association and not a sitting, retired or removed justice or judge of the Navajo Nation or any jurisdiction. The Judicial Conduct Commission provides a fair, impartial and expeditious forum to hear complaints and grievances against Navajo Nation justices and judges involving alleged violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct, personnel policies for justices and judges, and any other Navajo Nation laws or policies that set standards of ethics and conduct for justices and judges. The Commission makes findings and recommends sanctions, as appropriate. The Law and Order Committee will accept resumes and letters of interest from interested individuals beginning February 22, 2016, and ending March 4, 2016. Please send to Ralph Roanhorse, Human Resources Director, Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, Navajo Nation (Arizona), 86515.

Judicial Branch Quarterly Report released

Jan. 25, 2016 - The Judicial Branch has released its Quarterly Report for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. Please go to the Branch Reports tab on this page to access it.

Central Peacemaking Program update

Jan. 19, 2016 - The central Peacemaking Program will be located at Window Rock Judicial Court until further notice. Staff can be reached at (928) 871-6985.

Peacemaking Program seeking and recruiting youth apprentices

Jan. 14, 2016 - The Peacemaking Program is currently recruiting youths between the ages of 11-17 (grades 6th through 12th) to participate in our six-week Peacemaker Youth Apprenticeship Program. Recruitment will be on an on-going basis and will continue until Aug. 1, 2016. We anticipate beginning our first session in February throughout the Navajo Nation. In this program, youth will have the opportunity to absorb techniques of traditional Diné restorative justice, and simple traditional Diné teachings. See press release and application.

Peacemaking Program recruiting peacemakers

Jan. 14, 2016 - The Peacemaking Program is currently seeking and recruiting Community Based Peacemakers throughout the Navajo Nation. Peacemakers are needed in the following communities: Tsaile/Wheatfields, Tsah Bii Kin, Mexican Hat, Inscription House, Counselor, Ojo Encino, Casamero Lake, Gadiiahii/Tokoi, Tse'Daak'aan, Tiitsoh Sikaad, Upper Fruitland, To'nanees'Dizi, Red Lake, St. Michaels, Tsayatoh, Rock Springs, Lupton, Nahata Dzil, Steamboat, Sweetwater, Forest Lake, Hardrock, Black Mesa, Whipoorwill, Low Mountain, and Sanostee. The stated communities are currently without a Community Based Peacemaker. See press release.

Waiver of Peacemaker yeel fee

Jan. 14, 2016 - For Fiscal Year 2016, the Peacemaking Program will be able pay the $80 yeel for cases pertaining to delinquency, Children In Need of Supervision (CHINS), dependency, and family preservation and reunification. The yeel will be funded through the "Peacemaking Toward Asset-Building in Navajo Nation Rural Communities" grant and the "Peacemaking Youth Education and Apprenticeship Program" grant. This waiver/financial assistance pertaining to the $80 yeel due to peacemakers will be subject to program qualifications and funding availability. See press release.

 

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