Public service announcement
Shiprock Judicial District Court will be closed March 30, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for staff training. UPDATE: The Shiprock Judicial District has rescheduled training and will be closed April 27, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will be open on March 30, 2017.
The Ramah Judicial District has re-opened as of March 23, 2017. The announced closure for March 23-24, 2017, is rescinded.
Commemorating the creation of the Navajo court system
The judicial districts of the Navajo Nation annually observe Justice Day to commemorate the creation of the Navajo courts. The Navajo tribe established its own court system effective April 1, 1959. This year marks the 58th anniversary of the Navajo Nation's court system. The judicial districts will be observing Justice Day with various activities that are open to the public. See press release. The courts will be holding Justice Day on the following dates and at the following locations:
- April 4, 2017: Crownpoint Judicial District, Dzil Yijiin Judicial District
- April 5, 2017: Dilkon Judicial District
- April 7, 2017: Tuba City Judicial District, Kayenta Judicial District, Aneth Judicial District
- April 21, 2017: Chinle Judicial District
- May 2, 2017: Window Rock Judicial District
- May 3, 2017: Alamo Court
- May 5, 2017: Ramah Judicial District
- May 9, 2017: To'hajiilee Court
Public service announcement
The Ramah Judicial District Court building will be closed March 20-24, 2017. The facility will be provided necessary maintenance services during that time.
Court administration and Peacemaking staff will have limited operations at the Ramah Navajo Chapter, where staff may be reached at (505) 775-7140/7142. The Probation and Parole Services office for Ramah will be open on Monday, March 20, 2017, and operating out of the Ramah detention facility that day. All Ramah Judicial District staff will have limited to no Internet access.
There are no court cases scheduled during the closure.
Aneth Judicial District Court will be closed Monday, March 20, 2017, due to staff training. Please contact the court at (435) 651-3545 for more information.
Alamo Court will be closed Friday, March 10, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calls for Alamo Court may be made to the To'hajiilee Court on that day at (505) 908-2817.
Judicial Branch newsletter released
March 6, 2017: The Judicial Branch newsletter Dine' Justice for March 2017 has been released. The newsletter includes stories on best practices presentations during the Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit, new staff attorney, upcoming events, the Tribal Action Plan development and celebrating the creation of the Navajo Court system. Read our newsletter here.
Re-entry seminar scheduled in April
What Happens Now? seminar to be held April 6, 2017, at the Chinle Chapter House, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, see the flyer or e-mail email@example.com.
Diné Justice Newsletters
An archive of Judicial
Branch newsletters may
2015 Criminal Justice Summit Newsletter
- (June 2016). In September 2015, a Criminal Justice Summit was held where top three needs and fears of Navajo communities were identified. Read more about the summit in this issue.
- (September 2016). In this issue: Peacemaking Program graduates 99 youth apprentices, student interns, What Happens Now? re-entry workshop.
- (November 2016). In this issue: Chief Justice's quarterly message, Seeking applicants for judges and justices, and Quarterly updates from the judicial districts, Peacemaking Program and Probation Services
- (February 2017). In this issue: Upcoming events, Quarterly updates, Welcome new staff.
Journals & Books
Courts and Navajo Common Law: A
Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance”
book by Justice Emeritus Raymond D.
Austin, University of Minnesota Press
(2010). Justice Austin considers
the history and implications of how
the Navajo Nation courts apply
foundational Navajo doctrines to
modern legal issues. He explains key
Navajo foundational concepts
like Hózhó (harmony), K’é
(peacefulness and solidarity),
and K’éí (kinship) both within the
Navajo cultural context and, using the
case method of legal analysis, as they
are adapted and applied by Navajo
judges in virtually every important
area of legal life in the tribe.
Navajo Nation Supreme Court opinions
(2006 - present) are available online
without subscription. Click
The Navajo Reporter, Volumes
1-8 are available for
purchase. The Navajo
Reporter Volumes are priced at $50 or
less for a hardbound copy.
The price does not include
the Navajo Nation sales
tax of five percent (5%)
or shipping and handling
Click here for more information..
Digest is a database of summaries
of Navajo caselaw accessible by
subscription, privately developed and
maintained by a legal practitioner.
Tribal Court Clearinghouse
is a database of laws
impacting tribes, including Navajo
Nation caselaws, developed and
maintained by the Tribal Law and
Navajo Nation Supreme Court
decisions are accessible by
subscription at VersusLaw
Westlaw also provides an online
database of the Navajo Nation Code.