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This page was last updated on 03/21/17
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General Announcements    

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 The announced closure for March 23-24, 2017, is rescinded.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

Public service announcement

The Ramah Judicial District Court building will be closed March 20-24, 2017. The facility will be provided necessary maintenance services during that time. Court administration and Peacemaking staff will have limited operations at the Ramah Navajo Chapter, where staff may be reached at (505) 775-7140/7142. The Probation and Parole Services office for Ramah will be open on Monday, March 20, 2017, and operating out of the Ramah detention facility that day. All Ramah Judicial District staff will have limited to no Internet access. There are no court cases scheduled during the closure.

Aneth Judicial District Court will be closed Monday, March 20, 2017, due to staff training. Please contact the court at (435) 651-3545 for more information.

Alamo Court will be closed Friday, March 10, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calls for Alamo Court may be made to the To'hajiilee Court on that day at (505) 908-2817.

Judicial Branch newsletter released

March 6, 2017: The Judicial Branch newsletter Dine' Justice for March 2017 has been released. The newsletter includes stories on best practices presentations during the Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit, new staff attorney, upcoming events, the Tribal Action Plan development and celebrating the creation of the Navajo Court system. Read our newsletter here.

Re-entry seminar scheduled in April

What Happens Now? seminar to be held April 6, 2017, at the Chinle Chapter House, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, see the flyer or e-mail rchee@navajo-nsn.gov.

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.  

2015 Criminal Justice Summit Newsletter - (June 2016).  In September 2015, a Criminal Justice Summit was held where top three needs and fears of Navajo communities were identified. Read more about the summit in this issue.

Din Justice - (September 2016).  In this issue: Peacemaking Program graduates 99 youth apprentices, student interns, What Happens Now? re-entry workshop.

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.

 

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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