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This page was last updated on 07/15/19
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Closures and Relocations

Supreme Court no longer accepting passport applications

The Supreme Court is no longer accepting U.S. passport applications effective March 20, 2019. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Pro Se Classes and Resource Meetings

Pro Se Classes

Aneth Judicial District has a pro se clinic on June 27, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aneth Judicial District Court room.

Tuba City Judicial District is holding pro se classes on June 25, 2019; July 9, 2019; July 23, 2019; August 6, 2019; and August 20, 2019. Participants are asked to be at the court by 8 a.m. and to bring a money order of $5.25. Please verify the class is being held by calling (928) 283-3140. More information.

Kayenta Judicial District has free pro se classes for those that need assistance representing themselves on civil legal issues in Navajo Courts. Upcoming classes are July 2; August 1; September 3; Ocober 1; November 1; December 3, 2019. Each starts at 2 p.m. at the Kayenta Judicial District Court Room. For more information, please call (928) 697-5541. See flyer.

Resource Meetings

June 20, 2019: Ramah Judicial District

September 10, 2019: Chinle Judicial District

September 19, 2019: Ramah Judicial District

December 10, 2019: Chinle Judicial District

December 19, 2019: Ramah Judicial District

News and other announcements    

Quarterly Report released

The Judicial Branch Fiscal Year 2019 Third Quarterly Report has been issued and is available under the Branch Reports tab on this page.

Pinon celebrates new courthouse

After years of having no facility, the Dzil Yijiin Judicial District celebrated the grand opening of its new courthouse in Pinon, Ariz., with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 27, 2019. This is the first time the judicial district has its own building. Services include the court, peacemaking and probation. Read press release.

Pueblo Pintado celebrates new circuit court

The communities surrounding Pueblo Pintado have a vision of building infrastructure for needed services for their region. Pueblo Pintado took a giant step toward that goal on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, with the celebration of the completion of a new court house. The court will start offering services on Monday, June 17, 2019. Read more.

Navajo Nation Mourns the Passing of Navajo Code Talker William Tully Brown

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, and Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne, offer condolences to the family of Navajo Code Talker William Tully Brown, who passed away on Monday at the age of 96. He was born on Oct. 30, 1922 in Black Mountain, Ariz, located approximately five-miles north of Tselani/Cottonwood Chapter. Brown was T'aheedln (The Water Flow Together Clan) and born for Tl'ahch'I (The Red Bottom People Clan). In 1944, Brown enlisted with the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1946. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Honorable Service Label Button. See more.

Tappan Copy of Treaty of 1868 donated to Navajo Nation

President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Speaker Seth Damon and Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne were on hand at a press conference on May 29, 2019, to speak on the importance of the donation of one of the original copies of the Treaty of 1868. The copy donated is known as the Tappan Copy because it was in the possession of Samuel F. Tappan, who was the Indian Peace Commissioner during the negotiations and signing of the Treaty of 1868. Tappan's great-grandniece Clare "Kitty" Weaver had Tappan's documents in her possession and decided to donate the copy of the Treaty to the Navajo Nation Museum. Weaver was also in attendance at the press conference and is expected to speak at the public opening of the exhibit at the Navajo Nation Museum on June 1, 2019. See press release.

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Supreme Court Opinions       

December 28, 2018  Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. Window Rock District Court and Concerning BN, Real Party in Interest, No. SC-CV-42-18. Opinion.

November 30, 2018  Darren Yazzie v. Navajo Nation Department of Law Enforcement, Chinle District, No. SC-CV-41-13. 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' - (May 2019).  In this issue: Quarterly message and quarterly reports from FY 2019 2nd Quarter, Notable people

Hashkj Nahat' Bahane' - (February 2019).  In this issue: Quarterly message and quarterly reports from FY 2019 1st Quarter

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