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This page was last updated on 05/13/2024
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The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, for Memorial Day and on Friday, May 31, 2024, for Navajo Nation Memorial Day.

Pueblo Pintado Circuit Court is closed until further notice. Pueblo Pintado Circuit Court services are available at Crownpoint District Court. Please call the Crownpoint Court at (505) 786-2072 if you have any questions.

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News and Other Announcements

April 19, 2024: During her report to the Navajo Nation Council on Monday, April 15, 2024, Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne announced two new initiatives by the Hashkééjí Nahat'á (Judicial Branch), including a judicial law clerkship program and an internship and externship program. The Branch is currently seeking applicants for both programs. Read more. Alse see Frequently Asked Questions for Judicial Law Clerkship Program (PDF), Judicial Clerkship Program Brochure and Internship/Externship Program and Internship/Externship Brochure.

April 16, 2024: The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, April 22, 2024, in recognition of Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day.

Sovereignty Day commemorates the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kerr-McGee Corp. v. Navajo Tribe, which was decided April 16, 1985. The Supreme Court found that the Navajo Nation had the ability to pass laws, including those related to tax, without approval of the Secretary of the Interior. In the opinion, the Court stated that, "The Navajo Government has been called 'probably the most elaborate' among tribes… The legitimacy of the Navajo Tribal Council, the freely elected governing body of the Navajos, is beyond question."

The Navajo Nation courts protect the sovereignty of the Navajo Nation by interpreting and applying Navajo Nation-enacted laws.

April 15, 2024: The Judicial Branch Fiscal Year 2024 Second Quarterly Report is available under the Branch Reports page.

April 5, 2024: Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne named Bennie Francisco, Jr., as Administrator Director of the Courts with the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), effective April 1, 2024. Read more.

March 20, 2024: The public is invited to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Navajo Nation courts as judicial districts across the Navajo Nation hold Justice Day events. Read more

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. Payments for other fines and fees must be made by money order. Window Rock 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.

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Supreme Court Opinions       

July 9, 2021:  Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development v. Dineh Benally. Opinion. SC-CV-18-20

For all opinions (2013 - present) for which no motions are pending, click here.

The Navajo Reporter, Volumes 1-9 are available for purchase. NOTE: Volume 4 is out of stock and not available at this time. Click here for more information.

Judicial Branch Newsletters

An archive of Judicial Branch newsletters may be found here.  

Hashkééjí Nahat'á Bahane' - (March 2022).  In this issue: Probation staff graduates from Academy, Peacemaking presents on traditional marriage.

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