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.
May 29, 2020: Public service announcement from Kayenta Judicial Districts on services and contact information during the public health emergency.
May 26, 2020: Dilkon District Court is resuming essential services effective immediately.See press release (updated May 29, 2020) and May 20, 2020 Memorandum updating on Dilkon District Court limited services.
May 19, 2020: The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation, recognizing the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue to provide essential services to the public through telecommunication to July 31, 2020. Doors to the public will not be open, but essential services will be provided through electronic and teleconference means out of concern for the safety of the public and our staff. Read press release and administrative order.
May 13, 2020: Crownpoint Judicial District will continue operations on May 12, 2020, under the Judicial Branch Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) and applicable Administrative Orders. The Crownpoint District Court will be hearing all Priority 1 cases. Read announcement.
May 7, 2020: Information on Applications for Protection Orders is available here. Updated May 18, 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 9, 2020: Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public health emergency, the Shiprock District Court building is temporarily closed to the public, however the Shiprock District and Family Courts continue to operate on a limited basis. The Shiprock Courts shall remain accessible to the public by telephone, e-mail, postal mail, and fax to the Aneth District Court on a temporary basis.
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 3, 2020: Window Rock Court is still hearing the following essential cases:
Children's cases: shelter care hearings, preliminary hearings, adjudicatory hearings, dispositional hearings, and review hearings (if they are within six months).
- Criminal cases: bench warrant hearings, bail denial hearings, habeas corpus relief, motions for release, criminal trials, and sentencing hearings. Arraignments and pretrial conferences are continued until September 2020 or later.
- Civil cases: Involuntary commitments; repossession hearings if statutory timelines demand it.
Domestic violence cases: Statutory timelines require the first hearing to be done within 15 days.
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.
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 email@example.com. NOTE: Fax is currently not available for Shiprock Court until further notice.