Judicial Districts of the Navajo Nation
January 7, 2016
Judicial districts in the
Navajo Nation as approved on April 1, 1988 numbered seven -- Chinle,
Crownpoint, Kayenta, Ramah, Shiprock,
Tuba City, and Window Rock Judicial Districts. The satellite courts of
Alamo and To'hajiilee were included in the Ramah Judicial District.
The need to establish additional judicial districts resulted in a review of
reservation maps using boundaries established by agencies, service providers
and law enforcement districts. This review resulted in a consensus of
service providers supporting the designation of judicial districts based on
the use of Chapter boundaries.
Effective April 4, 2006, the
Alamo and Tó'hajiilee
satellite courts became the distinct Alamo/Tó'hajiilee
Judicial District. The Dilkon Judicial District was also added.
On August 10, 2007, the Judiciary Committee officially created the Aneth
Judicial District serving the northern portion of the Navajo Nation, with
judicial boundaries to include Aneth, Red Mesa, Mexican Water, Sweetwater
and Tees Nos Pos (west of the Arizona/New Mexico state line). Effective
June 5, 2008, the northern portion of Huerfano Chapter became part of
the Shiprock Judicial District. These new Judicial Districts were developed
by the Judicial Branch, approved by the Judiciary Committee (Resolution No.
0239-06) and provided for in the Navajo Nation operating budget as
authorized at 7 N.N.C. §251 (B).
On May 29, 2012, the Dził
Yijiin Judicial District, located at Pinon, Arizona, was established as the
eleventh judicial district of the Navajo Nation by resolution of the Law and
The map below created by the Navajo Land Department, Division
of Natural Resources, shows how each Judicial District is constituted
by Chapters. The map is followed by a list of judicial districts
with their constituted chapters, and finally an artistic map of terrain with
district overlay. A .PDF version of the Navajo Land Dept. map may also
be found here.