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General Announcements    

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed November 22-24, 2017, in observance of Thanksgiving and Navajo Nation Family Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours November 27, 2017.

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. The branch will resume regular operating hours Monday, November 13, 2017.

As a reminder, the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch will be closed October 31 through November 3, 2017, for all staff to attend mandatory training. The branch may be reached via fax at (602) 431-6535; however, please be aware that this line is not secure. Emails may also be sent to mprice@navajo-nsn.gov to reach branch staff if necessary.

Dzil Yijiin Judicial District will be closed on October 24, 2017. The closure is because the court is located in the Pinon Chapter house, which will be a voting site for the Navajo Nation Referendum Election.

Judicial Branch awarded two federal grants

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation was awarded two grants totaling $699,630 through the United States Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. Of that, $350,000 was awarded for the purpose area of Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court and $349,630 was awarded for the purpose area of Tribal Youth Program. Both grants are from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Read more about the grants.

Judges take oaths of office

Two judges were confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council during the fall session. They each took the oath of office delivered by Chief Justice Thomas J. Holgate on October 18, 2017, at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber. Tina Tsinigine was confirmed as a probationary district court judge on October 17, 2017. Malcolm P. Begay was confirmed as a permanent district court judge on October 18, 2017. Read the press release.

Quarterly report released

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation releases its FY 2017 Fourth Quarterly Report. Reports from the judicial districts and programs are available within this document.

Chinle Justice Center opens doors to the public

The Chinle Judicial District began operations at its new location at the Chinle Justice Center on Navajo Route 27 in Chinle, Arizona, on October 9, 2017. The court, Peacemaking Program and Office of Probation and Parole Services for Chinle Judicial District now have office locations and will offer services at the new location. The main telephone and fax line will remain the same. Telephone lines are limited at this time. For more information, please call the court at (928) 674-2070. See press release.

Judicial Branch closure

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch will be closed October 31 through November 3, 2017, for all staff to attend mandatory training. Please contact the respective court or program for more information.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court opinion compilation now for sale

September 28, 2017: The Navajo Reporter Vol. 9 is now for sale. The Navajo Reporter volumes are compilations of the opinions of the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation. Volume 9 contains fully indexed and digested opinions from January 2006 through December 2012, as well as selected examples of decisions from the Navajo Nation district and family courts that applied Din bi beenahaz'anii.

The Supreme Court had previously announced the Reporter was released; however, several errors were found and the book had to be reprinted.

The Navajo Reporter Vol. 9 is available for sale through the Navajo Nation Supreme Court for $100, not including shipping and handling fees. Please contact Michael V. Smith, Supreme Court Clerk, at (928) 871-6763 or visit the Supreme Court webpage for more information about ordering this and other volumes of the Navajo Reporter. Press release available here.

Click here for the list of 2017 Judicial Branch Holidays.

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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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