March 25, 2020: Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation JoAnn B. Jayne issued an administrative order effective March 25, 2020 at 8 a.m. to provide guidance to the courts of the Navajo Nation and the public during the public health emergency due to the coronavirus. The admininstrative order:
- encourages courts to continue proceedings and when not possible, hold teleconference or videoconference proceedings.
- postpones criminal jury trials. Those currently scheduled may proceed at the discretion of the presiding judge.
- lists cases that will be prioritized and heard.
- temporarily suspends some court rules which may allow for filing by mail, fax or email.
- Read press release and administrative order.
March 30, 2020: The Navajo Nation uses a sender verification system designed to eliminate spam, bulk and malicious emails. If you email the courts from a non-Navajo Nation email address, please make sure to verify your email address by following the instructions sent back to you by email. This will allow for your email to go through to the intended recipient.
Also, if sending documents by fax or email, we encourage you to contact the court or program by telephone to ensure that your email or fax is received.
March 27, 2020: ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SHIPROCK DISTRICT COURT: Shiprock Judicial District Court is asking for people who need to use the court's services please call (505) 368-1278 for information. Only one court clerk is available at this time to assist so the court is asking for patience. The court clerk may have to take a phone message and return the call with further information. The court can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 25, 2020: Please visit the Supreme Court webpage for more information on filing with the Supreme Court from March 25 to May 1, 2020.
March 20, 2020:An administrative order authorizing all Navajo Nation Judicial Branch employees to either work from home or to be placed on administrative leave and on-call for essential services was issued today by Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne. The order goes into effect Friday, March 20, 2020, and ends Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. Read announcement.
March 18, 2020 - The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, through Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Branch will then re-open on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, with limited services. Read announcement.
NAVAJO NATION DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
Temporary Protection Order
Application for Protection from Domestic Abuse and Service of Process
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.
Pro Se Classes
Ramah Judicial District Court Resource Meetings are on the following dates: June 25, 2020; September 24, 2020; and December 24, 2020. For more information, please call (505) 775-3218.
Judicial Branch allowing certain employees to work from home or take administrative leave
March 17, 2020 - Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne issued an administrative order today allowing certain Judicial Branch employees to telecommute, or work from home, and for others to take administrative leave if they cannot work from home. The administrative order covers employees who have no childcare options in light of the closure of child care centers and schools on and near the Navajo Nation. It also covers employees who are 60 years and older and those who have compromised immune systems. Read press release.
Navajo Nation Judicial Branch to remain open
March 13, 2020 - The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation remains open during the national emergency over the covid-19 until further notice.
A national state of emergency was declared today by President Donald Trump. A public health state of emergency was declared by the Navajo Nation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
"The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch will strive to remain open, and to provide justice services and other mission critical functions," Chief Justice Jayne said. Read press release.
Chief Justice issues travel advisory for Judicial Branch
March 11, 2020 - A travel advisory was issued today by Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne for all Judicial Branch employees. All Judicial Branch employees are advised to limit travel on and off the Navajo Nation to essential travel due to concerns with the spread of covid-19. Read more.
Navajo Nation Justice Days cancelled
Justice Day events for the Navajo Nation judicial districts have been cancelled for the year 2020. These events are typically scheduled in the months of April and May by the Navajo Nation courts and celebrate the creation of the Navajo court system. Rather than promoting large public gatherings at this time, Chief Justice Jayne said, the branch will educate the public on the Navajo court system through the Judicial Branch website, social media and other forms of mass media.
Navajo leaders sign proclamation
encouraging public participation in the 2020 Census
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, and Navajo Nation Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne signed a proclamation encouraging the Navajo people to participate in the 2020 Census to ensure a complete count of all citizens on the Navajo Nation. Read