Press Release Archive

Public service announcements

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, in recognition of Memorial Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

The Judicial Branch will be closed Friday, June 1, 2018, in recognition of Navajo Nation Memorial Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Monday, June 4, 2018.

Supreme Court schedules oral arguments in two cases

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation has scheduled oral arguments for May 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Law and Order Committee Conference Room in Window Rock, Ariz., in Bahe v. Navajo Nation Labor Commission and concerning Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority, No. SC-CV-15-18. The Court has also scheduled Jim vs. Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, No. SC-CV-70-17, for oral argument on May 29, 2018, at the Navajo Nation Labor Commission hearing room at 10 a.m. See press release.

Public service announcement

The courts, offices and programs of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, May 11, 2018, in observance of Navajo Nation Police Officer Day.

The Alamo Court of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, May 4, 2018, for court staff to assist with the To'hajiilee Court Justice Day. The Alamo Court staff may be reached at the To'hajiilee Court that day at (505) 908-2817 or 2818.

The Tuba City Judicial District of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, May 4, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for staff development. For information, please contact the Tuba City Judicial District Court at (928) 283-3140.

Supreme Court and AOC to hold first Justice Day at new offices

Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne invites the public as the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation and the Administrative Offices of the Courts hold the first Justice Day at their new offices on May 9. The Supreme Court's Justice Day is commemorating the Year of Naaltsoos Sani with the theme, "Din be'iina' Ns Yilyl d bee Hada'niln," which translates to, "Perpetuate Din Way of Life Through Resilience." Staff from the Judicial Branch's Peacemaking Program will be conducting educational presentations on the theme and on the Treaty of 1868. See more.

Public service announcement

April 25, 2018: The Shiprock Judicial District main phone line (505-368-1270) is not working. Please call the Shiprock Judicial District Family Court at (505) 368-1286 or the District Court at (505) 368-1280 or 1468 to reach the court.

The registration form for service providers to set up at the Supreme Court/Administrative Office of the Courts Justice Day on May 9, 2018, may be emailed to karenfrancis@navajo-nsn.gov.

Kayenta Judicial District is holding Amnesty Day and Mobile Court

The Kayenta Judicial District is holding Amnesty Day for individuals to address bench warrants on April 30, 2018. The Amnesty Day provides individuals with the opportunity to come in and resolve outstanding warrants at the judicial district without fear of being arrested. Navajo Nation Public Defender, the Office of the Prosecutor and Probation and Parole Services will be on-site to help resolve the outstanding warrants. See flyer.

In addition, the Kayenta Judicial District will be offering its mobile court services for easy access for users to Navajo court related information and processes on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Tsa'ah bii Kin Chapter House in Inscription House, Ariz. Mobile court services include new Navajo Nation court case filings, pending family and district court case inquiries, fine/fee payments, probation services, peacemaking services and free pro se legal clinic. See flyer. See press release.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, April 23, 2018, in recognition of Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Sovereignty Day commemorates the landmark United States Supreme Court decision in Kerr McGee v. Navajo Tribe, which recognized the Navajo Nation's inherent right to impose taxes on non-Navajos without approval by the Secretary of the Interior. The case was decided on April 16, 1985.

Judicial Branch courts, programs and offices in Window Rock, Arizona, are closed Friday, April 13, 2018.

FY18 2nd Quarterly report released

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation has released its Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarterly Report. The report is available under the Branch Reports tab on this page.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, March 30, 2018. The branch will resume regular operating hours Monday, April 2, 2018.

Kayenta's Mobile Court scheduled for Navajo Mountain

The Kayenta Judicial District is will be offering its mobile court services for easy access for users to Navajo court related information and processes on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Naatsis'n Chapter House in Navajo Mountain, Utah. Mobile court services will include new Navajo Nation court case filings, pending family and district court case inquiries, fine/fee payments, probation services, peacemaking services and free pro se legal clinic. For more infromation, please call (928) 697-5541.

Upcoming Justice Days commemorate the creation of the Navajo court system

The public is invited as the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch observes Justice Day at its judicial districts throughout the months of April and May to commemorate the creation of the Navajo Nation's own court system on April 1, 1959. Not only is this year the 59th anniversary of the Navajo Nation's court system but it is also the 150th year since the signing of the Treaty of 1868, which returned the Navajo people to their sacred homeland and recognized a nation-to-nation sovereign relationship between the United States and the Navajo Nation. Many of the Justice Day activities will commemorate both anniversaries. See press release. The schedule for Justice Days is as follows:

Peacemaking highlighted in radio interview with San Juan School District (Utah)

March 13, 2018: Trevor Olsen, the San Juan (Utah) School District Comprehensive Services Director, speaks to KSJD, San Juan public radio, on the implementation of a grant to support Native students in the district. Peacemaking is used to address students' behavior problems with restorative methods instead of punitive measures. Stanley Nez, Traditional Program Specialist with the Peacemaking Program, has been working with the school district. Hear the interview at this link.

Proclamation recognizes March as Missing Persons Awareness Month

On March 12, 2018, the branch chiefs of the Navajo Nation government signed a Proclamation recognizing March 2018 as Navajo Nation Missing Persons Awareness Month. Click here to read the Proclamation.

Public service announcement

Dilkon Judicial District will be closed Thursday, March 1 , 2018, for staff training.

Window Rock Judicial District Court will be closed Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for in-service training.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018, in observance of President's Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

2018 proclaimed The Year of Naaltsoos Sn

The Navajo Nation Branch leaders signed a proclamation recognizing 2018 as, "The Year of Naaltsoos Sn," (The Treaty of 1868). Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne, President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez and Speaker LoRenzo Bates signed the proclamation at the Navajo Nation Museum January 9, 2018. The proclamation was initiated due to this year being the 150th year since the treaty was signed by Navajo leaders and Indian Peace Commissioners on behalf of the United States on June 1, 1868, at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The signing of the treaty resulted in the Navajo people returning home to the lands between the Sacred Mountains and created a nation-to-nation relationship with the United States government. See press release and Proclamation.

Judicial Branch and NTU recognized with honorable mention for Best Practice

The Office of the Chief Justice and Navajo Technical University won an Honorable Mention for Best Practices during the Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit for implementing the Navajo Court Transcription Program. The awards for Best Practices were announced during the Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit, where participants gathered to discuss public safety issues and make goals and objectives for the coming year. See press release.

Public service announcement

Judicial Branch employees are authorized one hour administrative leave from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on January 31, 2018, per Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne. The administrative leave is granted for employees to respect the sacred occurrence of the eclipse that will take place the morning of January 31, 2018.

Tuni confirmed as probationary district court judge

Rhonda Tuni was confirmed as a probationary district court judge by the Navajo Nation Council on January 25, 2018, with a vote of 20 in favor and none opposed. Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne gave Tuni the oath of office following approval of confirmation. See press release.

Jayne confirmed probationary Chief Justice

JoAnn Jayne was confirmed as probationary Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation by the Navajo Nation Council on January 24, 2018. Jayne took the oath of office delivered by Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley immediately following the vote on her confirmation. See press release.

Public comment sought for proposed criminal rules of procedure

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has received a petition to amend parts of the Navajo Rules of Criminal Procedures. The Supreme Court has the authority to adopt, and thereby amend, rules of pleading, practice and procedure applicable to all proceedings in courts of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Code, at 7 N.N.C. 601, requires consultation and public comment to adopt rules of procedure. Public comment and consultation on the proposed Rules are being accepted from January 24, 2018 through February 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. Please direct all input to Karen Francis, Government Relations Officer, at karenfrancis@navajo-nsn.gov by that date. See announcement and petition.

FY2018 1st Quarterly Report released

The quarterly report for Fiscal Year 2018 First Quarter is now available on the Branch Reports webpage.

Public service announcements

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

As of January 9, 2018, the Information Technology, Fiscal Services and Human Resources offices of the Administrative Office of the Courts are located at the new modular AOC building east of the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park.

Aneth Judicial District will have a Pro Se Clinic on January 19, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Aneth District Court and will have Pro Se Probate and Quite Title of grazing permits presentation at the Teec Nos Pos grazing committee meeting on January 29, 2018, at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Oral arguments for Nacogdoches Oil & Gas, Inc., v. Shiprock District Court and Concerning Benally's Pumping Services, LLC, will be held January 9, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Dine' College North Campus, 1228 Yucca St., Shiprock, Navajo Nation (New Mexico).

Supreme Court reverses OHA decision in Sherlock v. NEA

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Office of Hearings and Appeals that allowed an individual elected to the Chilchinbeto Community School Board to remain in her elected position after the Navajo Election Administration sought to remove her due to two state misdemeanor convictions. The Court stated in its opinion that the voting public "must be able to rely on the statutory protections of our laws, as well as the truth of candidates' statements as to their qualifications." See press release.

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