Press Release Archive

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 Sání

The Navajo Nation Branch leaders signed a proclamation recognizing 2018 as, "The Year of Naaltsoos Sání," (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 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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