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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.

July 23, 2020: On July 22, 2020, Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne issued an administrative order adopting a plan for the courts and programs of the Judicial Branch to gradually return to full capacity in phases. The courts and programs will be continuing to provide essential services through electronic and teleconference means for the time being. Read press release and administrative order.

October 18, 2020: The Window Rock Judicial District operates and temporarily performs essential services from the former Supreme Court hearing room at the Butler building in Window Rock, Arizona. (located next to Navajo Nation Vital Records, Census office). The Window Rock Judicial District is providing no in-person services at this time. The preferred method of contact is to email the Window Rock Judicial District at You may leave any telephone messages for the court at (928) 206-7469. See announcement dated October 19, 2020.

June 5, 2020: The primary contact number for Window Rock District Court will be (928) 206- 7469 and the secondary number will be (928) 871-6626 until further notice.

May 29, 2020: Public service announcement from Kayenta Judicial Districts on services and contact information during the public health emergency.

April 20, 2020: Probation and Parole Services offices at Chinle, Dzil Yijiin, Kayenta and Tuba City may be reached at (928) 421-3475 until further notice. Messages for the probation offices may be left with this number.

April 3, 2020: Pueblo Pintado Circuit Court is closed until further notice. Essential services for Pueblo Pintado Circuit Court will be available at Crownpoint District Court. Please call (505) 786-2072 if you have any questions. Also as a reminder, the entrance doors at Crownpoint District Court are closed to the public but essential services are available. Please call the Crownpoint Court at (505) 786-2072 if you have any questions.

April 2, 2020: Most Navajo Nation District Courts are accepting credit card payments for civil traffic fines through telephone. These payments can also be made by money order and mailed to the District Court. Payments for other fines and fees must be made by money order and may be mailed to the respective court. Window Rock Court, Shiprock Court, To'hajiilee Court and Alamo are only accepting money orders at this time until further notice. If you have any questions, please call the court.

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.

Important Links



Application for Protection Order

Webpage with General Information on Protection Orders, How to Obtain an Application for Protection Order, and How to Submit updated 08/18/20

Application for Protection from Domestic Abuse and Service of Process PDF and Fillable PDF

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.

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News and other announcements    

FY20 4th Quarter Report released

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch has released the Fiscal Year 2020 Fourth Quarterly Report on October 18, 2020. Please see the Branch Reports page to access the report.

Retired Judge Begaye passes

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch sends condolences to the family of Marilou B. Begaye, retired Judge of the Navajo Nation. Begaye passed on Thursday, September 24, 2020, in Shiprock, N.M., at the age of 74. She was a judge for nearly 23 years. See press release.

Supreme Court to hold teleconference hearing

The Supreme Court has oral argument in Whitetail-Eagle v. Navajo Nation Ramah Chapter at 10 a.m. on September 18, 2020. Please visit the Supreme Court webpage for call-in information.

Peacemaking Program statement on COVID-19

April 30, 2020: The Peacemaking Program has released this statement. on the COVID-19.

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Supreme Court Opinions       

August 10, 2020:  Franklin J. Morris, as Personal Representative of the Wrongful Death Estate of Marcellino Morris, Jr., v. Giant Four Corners, Inc. Opinion. SC-CV-13-15

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' - (February 2020).  In this issue: Associate Justice, Judges confirmed, Quarterly message and quarterly reports from FY 2020 1st Quarter.


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