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This page was last updated on 11/20/18
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Closures and Relocations

Holiday closure

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed November 21-23, 2018, in observance of Thanksgiving and Navajo Nation Family Day. The branch will reopen November 26, 2018.

Window Rock District Court temporarily re-locating services

July 27, 2018: The Window Rock Judicial District Court is providing services at its temporary location at the Administrative Office of the Courts conference room until further notice. Please call (928) 871-6626 for more information.

Window Rock Office of Probation and Parole Services is currently working out of the Peacemaking Program office in Window Rock until further notice due to the facility issues at the Window Rock Judicial District Court. The WR OPPS may be reached at (928) 871-6625.

Click here for the list of 2018 Judicial Branch Holidays.

Pro Se Classes and Resource Meetings

Pro Se Classes

The weekly schedule for pro se classes at the Chinle Judicial District Court is available here. For more information and to confirm class is being held, call (928) 674-2070. (Updated as of August 17, 2018). Weekly schedule from December through March is available here.

Dilkon Judicial District has pro se clinics during the last two days of the month. Call ahead to confirm that the class is being held at (928) 657-8140. Schedule is: Divorce October 30, 2018, November 29, 2018, December 27, 2018; Name Change, Correction of Record, Paternity, Guardianship, Validation of Marriage - October 30, 2018, November 29, 2018, December 27, 2018; Probate October 31, 2018, November 30, 2018, December 28, 2018.

Also at Dilkon Judicial District, DNA Legal Services provides Domestic Abuse Protection Services. Services include assistance with petition/forms and legal advice for representation in court on October 22, 2018; November 5, 2018; and November 18, 2018. This service is provided 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, on the dates indicated. For more information: call Barbara Willeto at (928) 871-4151.

Kayenta Judicial District is holding free pro se classes on Wednesday, September 5, 2019 at 10 a.m.; Friday, October 19, 2018, at 10 a.m.; Friday, November 2, 2018, at 10 a.m.; and Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. Download flyer. The monthly schedule for January 2018 through May is available here.

Aneth Judicial District Court is holding a pro se clinic on November 16, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. See flyer. Aneth also has a pro se clinic on December 14, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. See flyer.

Tuba City Judicial District is holding pro se clinics on November 27, 2018, and December 18, 2018. Participants should be at court at 8 a.m. For more information, see the flyer.

Resource Meetings

November 16, 2018: Dilkon Judicial District. Please call (928) 657-8140 for more information.

December 11, 2018: Chinle Judicial District at 9 a.m.

December 14, 2018: Dilkon Judicial District. Please call (928) 657-8140 for more information.

December 14, 2018: Tuba City Judicial District Criminal Justice Summit from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m

December 20, 2018: Ramah Judicial District

January 24, 2019: Crownpoint Judicial District

January 29, 2019: Aneth Judicial District, Whitehorse High School hogan, Montezuma Creek, Utah.

News and other announcements    

Screening and recommendation of probationary judges delegated to Judicial Conduct Commission

The Judicial Conduct Commission has been delegated the authority to screen judge and justice applicants and recommend probationary appointment of judges and justices of the Navajo Nation. The Law and Order Committee of the Navajo Nation Council approved legislation sponsored by Delegate Otto Tso to amend the Commission's plan of operation and to delegate the Committee's authority. See press release.

Navajo Nation Probation & Parole Services Awarded 2018 Second Chance Act Grant

Navajo Nation Probation and Parole Services was awarded a $200,000 federal grant to improve employment outcomes for people returning to their communities from prison or jail. The award is a part of the 2018 Second Chance Act grant program funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. Read more.

Supreme Court oral arguments to be heard Nov. 2

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation has scheduled oral arguments for two cases on November 2, 2018. The Court will be hearing oral argument at 10 a.m. in Irwin Jones v. Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, No. SC-CV-18-13, and at 1 p.m. for Geoffrey Bia v. Navajo Nation Insurance Services Department Risk Management Program, No. SC-CV-54-16.

Quarterly report released

The Fourth Quarterly Report of Fiscal Year 2018 for the Judicial Branch has been released and can be found on the Reports page of this website.

Supreme Court orders Navajo Nation Labor Commission to hear and adjudicate cases

In an opinion issued June 29, 2018, the Navajo Nation Supreme Court granted a writ of mandamus that recognized previously seated members of the Navajo Nation Labor Commission (Labor Commission) must serve until a successor is appointed and ordered the previously appointed and newly appointed members to "hear and adjudicate cases without further delay." See press release.

Click here for press release archive.

Supreme Court Opinions       

September 21, 2018  Mun Kang v. Chinle Family Court and Concerning Chastity King, No. SC-CV-37-18. Opinion.

October 10, 2018  Vincent Yazzie v. Joe Shirley, Jr., No. SC-CV-41-18. Opinion.

For all opinions (2013 - present) for which no motions are pending, click here.

The Navajo Reporter, Volumes 1-9 are available for purchase. Click here for more information.

Din Justice Newsletters

An archive of Judicial Branch newsletters may be found here.  

Hashkj Nahat' Bahane' - (November 2018).  In this issue: Quarterly message and quarterly reports from FY 2018 4th Quarter

Hashkj Nahat' Bahane' - (October 2018).  In this issue: Meet new staff members, photos from Navajo fairs, upcoming dates to remember.

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