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This page was last updated on 09/13/19
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Closures and Relocations

Public service announcement

Shiprock Judicial District will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019.

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

Tuba City Judicial District is holding pro se classes on September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 6, November 18, December 3, and December 17, 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

Chinle Judicial District's resource meeting scheduled for September has been postponed.

September 19, 2019: Ramah Judicial District

December 10, 2019: Chinle Judicial District

December 19, 2019: Ramah Judicial District

News and other announcements    

Navajo Nation Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Budget approved

On September 13, 2019, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, and Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park in the capital of the Navajo Nation, for a signing ceremony to officially adopt the Navajo Nation's Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Budget. See press release.

Judicial Branch seeking nominees for Government Development Commission

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for nomination of membership on the Commission on Navajo Government Development. Pursuant to 2 N.N.C. 972(A)(2), one member of the Commission "shall be nominated by the Judicial Branch through the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation to serve a term of two years from the date of confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council; the nominee shall 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 September 25, 2019. For more information, see announcement.

Public hearing on Judge Yazzie's performance

The Law and Order Committee of the Navajo Nation Council is conducting a public hearing on the evaluation on the performance for probationary Judge Victoria Yazzie on October 1, 2019, at Tuba City Judicial District Court, starting at 10 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Laureen Spencer at (928) 871-6020. See flyer.

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.

Click here for press release archive.

Supreme Court Opinions       

July 22, 2019  Effie Edsitty v. Office of Navajo Nation Tax Commission, No. SC-CV-01-19. Opinion.

August 8, 2019  Sherl Henio v. Navajo Nation and Baca/Prewitt Chapter, No. SC-CV-49-13. 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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