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This page was last updated on 12/01/2021
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Announcements

CONTACT INFORMATION for Courts & Probation and Peacemaking Program
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.

Webpage with General Information on Protection Orders, How to Obtain an Application for Protection Order, and How to Submit
Application for Protection from Domestic Abuse and Service of Process

December 1, 2021: The Ramah Judicial District building is closed December 1, 2021, to December 14, 2021. Essential services will continue to be provided and staff will be working remotely during this time. To contact the Ramah Court during the building closure, please call (385) 327-3218. Ramah Probation can be reached at (505) 862-9250 and Ramah Peacemaking can be reached at (928) 797-1316. Court filings, documents and written correspondence may be emailed to nnrmcourt@navajonsn.gov or faxed to (505) 786-2086. The public may also call the court at (385) 327-3218 to arrange for filing. Read more.

June 23, 2021: The new mailing address for the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation is P.O. Box 1779, Window Rock, AZ 86515. The Supreme Court may also be contacted at its email address at nnsupremecourt@navajo-nsn.gov or by fax at (928) 871-7016. Telephone messages may be left with the Supreme Court at (928) 871-6763. Phone calls will be responded to the following day between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The doors to the Supreme Court remain closed to the public due to the public health emergency.

January 7, 2021: Effective January 7, 2021, the website address for the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov. Please be aware there may be broken links as the website now has a different address. Broken links will be fixed as the Branch becomes aware of them. These links may be reported to karenfrancis@navajo-nsn.gov. The Judicial Branch thanks the public for their patience and understanding in this adjustment to a new web address. The Branch also thanks the Navajo Nation Department of Information Technology for their assistance.

November 16, 2020: The Courts and programs of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation continue to operate during the public health emergency. The Judicial Branch is aware that there is an executive order pertaining to closure of Navajo Nation government offices; however, the Courts must still provide services that are required by Navajo Nation law as the Courts are tasked with protecting the individual rights of each person as enumerated in the Navajo Bill of Rights and as recognized under Din Bi Beenahaz'anii. Read press release.

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 nnwrcourt@navajo-nsn.gov. You may leave any telephone messages for the court at (928) 206-7469. See announcement dated October 19, 2020.

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

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.

Closures and Relocations

Holiday Closure

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is closed on Thursday, November 24-26, 2021. Courts and programs of the Judicial Branch will resume essential services Monday, November 29, 2021.

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

UPDATED ON 11/22/2021: Tuba City Judicial District Court is hosting pro se classes on November 9, November 30, December 7, and December 14, 2021, for litigants who are representing themselves. Please call (928) 283-3140 to register or for more information. See flyer.

Resource Meetings

November 19, 2021: Dilkon Judicial District

News and other announcements    

Corrected FY 2021 Fourth Quarterly Report issued

October 21, 2021: A corrected Judicial Branch Fourth Quarterly Report for Fiscal Year 2021 has been issued to correct statistical errors. The corrections and information on General Funds expenditure have been updated to reflect the most recent information available. The corrected and updated FY 2021 Fourth Quarterly Report is now available on the Branch Reports page of this website.

Navajo Nation Council passes supplemental funding, Chief Justice delivers quarterly message

October 19, 2021: The Judicial Branch thanks the Navajo Nation Council and Speaker Seth Damon for the passage of Legislation 0190-21 during the Council's Fall Session on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. The legislation includes a supplemental appropriation of $961,438 for the unmet needs of Judicial Branch districts and programs. The legislation goes to the President of the Navajo Nation for his action upon certification. Also during the Fall Session, Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne delivered her quarterly message to the Navajo Nation Council on Monday, October 18, 2021. Read more.

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       

May 28, 2021:  Thomas A. Biscup v. Kayenta District Court and Concerning Spencer Parrish. Opinion. Opinion. SC-CV-19-19

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.

Judicial Branch Newsletters

An archive of Judicial Branch newsletters may be found here.  

Hashkj Nahat' Bahane' - (March 2021).  In this issue: Peacemaking staff mentors Navajo youth; Districts resume resource meetings

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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Navajo Nation Department of Health Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Information

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