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This page was last updated on 07/21/17
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General Announcements    

Acting Chief Justice Sloan announces retirement

The Honorable Allen Sloan announced his intention to retire as the Acting Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, effective July 31, 2017. Chief Justice Sloan's judicial career has spanned 28 years two years as the Chief Justice and 26 years as a Navajo Nation Trial Judge. He is the longest serving member of the Navajo Nation judiciary. He was designated Acting Chief Justice on July 27, 2015, by the Law and Order Committee of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council. The Judicial Branch thanks Chief Justice Allen Sloan for his service and dedication to the people and the Navajo Nation and wishes him well in his retirement.

FY17 Third Quarterly Report released

The Judicial Branch quarterly report for Fiscal Year 2017 Third Quarter has been released and is availabe under the Branch Reports page.

Public service announcement

Window Rock Judicial District Court is closed July 13, 2017. Hearings affected by the closure will be continued. The Court will reopen July 14, 2017.

FY16 Annual Report released

The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation has been released and is available under the Branch Reports page.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

The Dilkon Judicial District Court announces that it will have limited services June 27-28, 2017, due to staff training. For more information, please call (928) 657-8140.

The Ramah Judicial District Court is closed June 22, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and all day on June 23, 2017, due to utility issues in the area.

Rules and Plan of Operation approved for Judicial Conduct Commission

The Law and Order Committee of the Navajo Nation Council approved the plan of operations and the rules and procedures of the Judicial Conduct Commission on Monday, June 19, 2017. The plan of operations for the Commission is a requirement in Title 7 of the Navajo Nation Code. It will guide the operation of the Commission, which was only reconstituted with full membership last year. The rules outline how the Commission will carry out its responsibilities. See press release.

Public service announcement

Shiprock Judicial District Court will be closed on Thursday, June 29, 2017, due to scheduled training for court personnel.

Public comment period

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is providing the public the opportunity to provide comment on the performance of seven district court judges and one associate justice due by June 16, 2017, at 5 p.m. Please read the announcement for further details.

Public service announcement

May 31, 2017: Phone and fax lines are down at the Window Rock Judicial District Court. The Court is working with the service provider to address the issue and thanks the public for their understanding and patience.

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.

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.

April 5, 2017  Kathleen Arviso v. Norma Muskett, No. SC-CV-18-17. 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 - (February 2017).  In this issue: Upcoming events, Quarterly updates, Welcome new staff.

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

Din Justice - (June 2017).  In this issue: Aneth Court hosting Tribal & Community Reentry Court program, Justice Day photos, Upcoming events..


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.


Pay online option currently for Kayenta Judicial District Court only

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