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This page was last updated on 08/10/2020
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Announcements

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.

August 5, 2020: Public service announcement update from Window Rock Judicial District.

July 31, 2020: The Tuba City Judicial District facility will be closed until further notice. All calls to the Court are directed to the Kayenta Judicial District Court at (928) 697-5541. Faxes may be sent to the Kayenta Judicial District Court. The Tuba City Judicial District continues to accept filings by email and by U.S. mail. Read public service announcement.

July 29, 2020: The Chinle Judicial District facility will be closed until further notice. All calls to the Court are directed to the Dzil Yijiin Judicial District Court at (928) 725-3781. Read more.

July 28, 2020: The Aneth Judicial District is resuming essential services at its court house in Aneth, Utah, effective July 28, 2020. No in-person services are being provided by the Aneth Judicial District as the exterior doors to all Navajo Nation Judicial Branch facilities are locked for the safety of employees and the public. The Aneth District Court may be contacted by email, fax, telephone or through U.S. mail. Read public service announcement. UPDATE: The Aneth Judicial District Court will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily.

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.

July 1, 2020: Memorandum from Dilkon Judicial District updating on limited services.

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.

May 7, 2020: Information on Applications for Protection Orders is available here. Updated August 5, 2020.

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

NAVAJO NATION DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Application for Protection Order

Application for Protection from Domestic Abuse and Service of Process

Closures and Relocations

Judicial Branch closed August 14, 2020

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, August 14, 2020, in recognition of Navajo Code Talkers Day. The Branch will resume operations on Monday, August 17, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the respective court or program.

The Judicial Branch encourages its employees and the public to honor the Navajo Code Talkers on that day by reflecting on their service, teaching about their contributions to the world, and speaking the Navajo language. "The Navajo Code Talkers are the treasures and life of the Navajo People. They embody the importance of our Navajo language, clan, life way, songs and prayers" said Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne.

A proclamation of President of the United States Ronald Reagan designated August 14, 1982 as National Navaho Code Talkers Day dedicated "to all members of the Navaho Nation and to all Native Americans who gave of their special talents and their lives so that others might live." The Navajo Nation declared August 14 of each year Navajo Nation Code Talkers Day beginning in 2006.

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

None.

Resource Meetings

None.

News and other announcements    

Chief Justice delivers quarterly report to Council

July 22, 2020: Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne delivered her quarterly message to the Navajo Nation Council on the first day of the summer session on July 20, 2020. In her message, she outlined the Judicial Branch's response to the public health emergency due to COVID-19. Read more.

FY2020 3rd Quarterly Report released

July 19, 2020: The Fiscal Year 2020 Third Quarterly Report of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation has been released and is available under the Branch Reports tab on top of this page.

Peacemaking Statement on Father's Day

June 21, 2020: There is a focus on fatherhood and fatherly duties as we mark this Father's Day. We think of what it means to be a father, from lifting up a child showing the miracle of birth to examining who we want to be in the eyes of our children. Read more.

Navajo Nation awarded $15.7 million in lawsuit

June 16, 2020: The Navajo Nation was awarded $15.7 million for the Department of Interior's breach of contract to the Nation's Judicial Branch. The order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was issued on Friday, June 12, 2020. Read more.

Peacemaking Program statement on Traditions of Healing

May 31, 2020: The Peacemaking Program has released a statement on "Traditions of Healing."

Peacemaking Program statement on Mother's Day

April 30, 2020: The Peacemaking Program has released this statement. in honor of Mother's Day.

Peacemaking Program statement on COVID-19

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

Click here for press release archive.

Supreme Court Opinions       

April 30, 2020:  Eldon Tsosie v. Arizona Public Service. Opinion. The Court affirms the dismissal of the employment grievance against Arizona Public Services pursuant to the Council's approved employment provisions within the lease. SC-CV-03-15

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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