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This page was last updated on 09/15/17
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General Announcements    

Public Service Announcement

To'hajiilee and Alamo Courts will be closed Monday, September 18, 2017, for staff development training.

Shiprock Judicial District will be closed Friday, Setpember 29, 2017. For more information, please call (505) 368-1270.

The Supreme Court phone lines are down as of September 12, 2017. Please call the Office of the Chief Justice at 928-871-7669 to leave a message. UPDATE: Phone lines are back on as of September 14, 2017.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day.

Requests for Proposals

Request for Proposals Bid No. 17-08-1708VJ: The Navajo Nation Purchasing Services Department is soliciting for sealed proposals and bids to procure digital document scanning equipment. See RFP for more information.

Request for Proposals Bid No. 17-08-1709LE: The Navajo Nation Purchasing Services Department is soliciting for sealed proposals and bids to provide meeting rooms, lodging and meals. See RFP for more information.

Public Service Announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, August 21, 2017.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Monday, August 14, 2017, to observe Navajo Code Talkers Day.

Holgate sworn in as acting Chief Justice

Thomas J. Holgate was given the oath of office to assume duties as acting Chief Justice during a swearing in ceremony August 1, 2017, in Window Rock, Ariz. See press release.

Legislative oversight action taken on judge and acting Chief Justice positions

July 31, 2017: The Law and Order Committee passed the following legislations during its special meeting:

  • Legislation No. 0274-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order; Designating Retired Judge Thomas Holgate as Acting Chief Justice for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court Pending the Appointment and Confirmation of a Permanent Chief Justice
  • Legislation No. 0266-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order and Naabik'iyati'; Confirming the Probationary Appointment of Tina Tsinigine as Navajo Nation District Court Judge
  • Legislation No. 0267-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order; Recommending Confirmation of the Honorable Malcolm P. Begay as Permanent Navajo Nation District Court Judge
  • Legislation No. 0271-17: An Action Relating to Law and Order, Naabik'iyati' and Navajo Nation Council; Confirming the Honorable Malcolm P. Begay as Permanent Navajo Nation District Court Judge

Public service announcement

July 31, 2017: The Window Rock Judicial District will have limited services to the public on August 1, 2017. For more information, please contact the court at (928) 871-6626.

July 26, 2017: Telephone lines at Aneth Judicial District Court have been down since July 25, 2017. The court is asking for patience while the telephone lines are being repaired.

July 25, 2017: Since July 24, 2017, the Administrative Office of the Courts, Fiscal Office, central and Window Rock Peacemaking Program and Window Rock Judicial District currently do not have network services for email, JustWare and the internet. The recent storms have caused damage to some network hardware equipment and Judicial Branch Information Technology staff are currently working with DIT to restore services to the offices. Phone services are functional. UPDATE: The network is functioning as of 11:00 a.m., July 25, 2017, and AOC, Fiscal Office, central and Window Rock Peacemaking Program and Window Rock Judicial District are back online.

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.

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       

July 14, 2017  Earl Apachito v. Navajo Election Administration, No. SC-CV-32-17. Opinion.

July 31, 2017  Northern Edge Casino and the Navajo Nation v. Window Rock District Court and Concerning Irene Johnson, No. SC-CV-67-16. Opinion.

For all opinions (2013 - 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..

 

Navajo Nation Caselaw

Navajo Nation Supreme Court opinions (2013 - present) are available online without subscription. Click here

The Navajo Reporter, Volumes 1-9 are available for purchase. Click here for more information.

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