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This page was last updated on 1/17/2020
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Closures and Relocations

Judicial Branch Closure

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is closed Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Judicial Branch will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

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 and Resource Meetings

Pro Se Classes

Tuba City Judicial District:

  • January 7, 2020 - Guardianship of a Minor
  • February 11, 2020 - Name Change, Correction of Record, Declaration of a Name
  • March 10, 2020 - Probate
  • April 7, 2020 - Validation of Common Law Marriage; Recognition of Traditional Marriage, Dissolution of Traditional Marriage; Paternity/Child Support/Custody/Visitation; Modification of Child Support, Custody, Visitation.

Dzil Yijiin Judicial District (Hosted by DNA Legal Services): February 5, 2020; March 4, 2020; April 8, 2020. Beginning at 9 a.m. with last intake at 2 p.m. Workshop covers name change, correction of record, divorce, paternity, guardianship for minor and adult, validation of marriage, and probate (by appointment only). More information.

Resource Meetings

Ramah Judicial District Court Resource Meetings are on the following dates: March 26, 2020; June 25, 2020; September 24, 2020; and December 24, 2020. For more information, please call (505) 775-3218.

News and other announcements    

Three Navajo Nation judges confirmed

The Navajo Nation Council confirmed three probationary district court judges on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Neomi Gilmore, Letitia Stover and Malcolm Laughing each took the oath of office administered by Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne immediately following the respective votes on the confirmation. Read press release.

Seeking nominees to the Government Development Commission

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for nomination of membership on the Commission on Navajo Government Development. The nominee must be a licensed attorney and a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. All interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, AZ, 86515, by December 23, 2019. Nominations to the Commission are subject to confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council. See announcement.

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Supreme Court Opinions       

September 18, 2019  In the Matter of the Petiiton of Mary W. Shirley, No. SC-SP-01-19. Opinion.

November 4, 2019  In the Matter of Petition of Kimberly A. Dutcher, No. SC-SP-02-19. 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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