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This page was last updated on 05/26/17
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General Announcements    

Window Rock District Court providing services at new site

The Window Rock Judicial District Court is open and providing limited services at its new location in the modular building north of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise store and south of the Ace Hardware store in Window Rock, Ariz. The Window Rock Office of Probation and Parole Services will also be stationed at the new location. See press release.

Update: As of May 26, 2017, the main phone line (928) 871-6626 is back up and the Window Rock District Court is taking calls onsite.

Uniform fines and fees for traffic civil violations implemented

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch has implemented uniform civil motor vehicle infraction fines and fees for civil traffic violations across all judicial districts. The new schedule will assure fair remedies so individuals pay the same fines or fees for the same civil traffic infractions at all district court locations. See press release.

Public service announcements

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is closed Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day and on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in observance of Navajo Nation Memorial Day.

Window Rock Judicial District Court is closed May 22, 2017, due to a reported gas leak. Please check this website for further updates.

Kayenta Judicial District will be hosting a Mobile Court on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pro se clinic schedule at the Naatsis'aan Chapter House, Navajo Mountain, Utah. There will also be a free pro se legal clinic offered. For more information, see the flyer or call (928) 697-5541.

Tuba City Judicial District includes guardianship of a minor on May 18, 2017; various topics on June 2, 2017; name change, correction of record and declaration of a name on June 23, 2017; and probate on July 14, 2017. All pro se clinics begin at 8:30 a.m. Individuals need to arrive by 8 a.m. and bring a money order for $5.25 to attend the clinic. For more information, see flyer.

Hearings of the Ramah Judicial District Court on May 10, 2017, have been moved to the Ramah detention center due to lack of electricity at the court. Phone lines and internet are also down.

Supreme Court sets hearing for oral arguments

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation has set The Northern Navajo Edge Casino v. Window Rock District Court, No. SC-CV-67-16, for oral argument. The matter will be heard at 1:45 p.m., June 9, 2017, at Twin Arrows Casino in Twin Arrows, Arizona

Public service announcements

Agendas for Alamo Court on May 8, 2017, and To'hajiilee Court on May 9, 2017, are now available. Please note that To'hajiilee Court will be closed on May 8, 2017.

The agenda for Ramah Judicial District on May 5, 2017, is available here.

The flyer for Shiprock's Public Safety Day to be held May 5, 2017, has been released. Also, see agenda.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed on Monday, April 24, 2017, to observe Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day.

Shiprock Judicial District Court will be open on April 27, 2017. The training that had previously been scheduled for that day has been postponed. A new date for court closure will be announced when the information becomes available.

Quarterly report released

The Fiscal Year Second Quarterly Report of the Judicial Branch has been released. Click on the "Branch Reports" link on this page to access.

Request for proposals

The Judicial Branch has released a Request for Proposals for an electrical service project for the Administrative Office of the Courts and Supreme Court modular buildings. See the RFP for more information.

Kayenta Judicial District will be first to accept credit card payments

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is pleased to announce that Kayenta Judicial District will begin rollout of the ePayment initiative on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. What this means for the public is that they will now have the ability to pay for traffic fines within the Kayenta Judicial District by credit card on a secure website. They will also be able to view their cases after creating an account on JusticeWeb. The public will eventually be able to make payments by credit card at the court counter. See press release.

Click here for the list of 2017 Judicial Branch Holidays.

Click here for press release archive  

Click here for a monthly calendar of Judicial Branch activities.

Supreme Court Opinions       

December 16, 2016  Theresa Becenti-Aguilar v. Steven Begay and Concerning Navajo Election Administration, No. SC-CV-51-16. Opinion.

November 3, 2016  Nancy Martine-Alonzo and Martha Garcia v. Carolyn C. Jose and Concerning Navajo Election Administration, No. SC-CV-37-16. Opinion.

For all opinions (2006 - present) for which no motions are pending, click here.

Din Justice Newsletters

An archive of Judicial Branch newsletters may be found here.  

Din Justice - (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

Din Justice - (February 2017).  In this issue: Upcoming events, Quarterly updates, Welcome new staff.

Din Justice - (March 2017).  In this issue: Best practices from Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit, Meet Chinle's new staff attorney, Celebrating the creation of the Navajo courts.

 

Journals & Books

Navajo 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 Hzh (harmony), K (peacefulness and solidarity), and K (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 Caselaw

Navajo Nation Supreme Court opinions (2006 - present) are available online without subscription. Click here

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 fees.  Click here for more information..

The Navajo Digest is a database of summaries of Navajo caselaw accessible by subscription, privately developed and maintained by a legal practitioner.

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a database of laws impacting tribes, including Navajo Nation caselaws, developed and maintained by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court decisions are accessible by subscription  at VersusLaw and Westlaw.  Westlaw also provides an online database of the Navajo Nation Code.

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Pay online option currently for Kayenta Judicial District Court only

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