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This page was last updated on 04/18/17
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General Announcements    

Public service announcements

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.

Public service announcement

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation will be closed Friday, April 14, 2017. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, April 17, 2017.

What Happens Now seminar scheduled for April 6 in Chinle

The New Path Reentry Planning Workgroup and Navajo Nation Probation and Parole Services are hosting a "What Happens Now" seminar at the Chinle Chapterhouse on April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Families of returning citizens or those formerly incarcerated are invited. See press release.

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 The announced closure for March 23-24, 2017, is rescinded.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:

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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Journal & News Articles