Job Opportunity – District Court Judge

District Court Judge

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Position Type: Judicial Clerkship

Geographic Preference: Southwest (AZ, NM)


Work days: Monday – Fridays; work hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Entry level salary: $69,076.80.
Under the administrative direction of the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch, shall perform work of unusual difficulty in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District; performs related duties as assigned. Hears and decides cases within the jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation courts, including but limited to evidentiary hearings, motions writs and trials; issues search and arrest warrants; hears the facts and interprets and applies applicable statutes, rules, ordinances, and case law; performs legal research; adheres to case management policies; renders orders and judgments on cases heard before the court. Provides policy guidance in resolving
administrative, operational and related managerial issues; assures compliance with consent decree establishing health and safety standards for the Nation’s detention facilities; provides legal education and information on works of the Navajo Nation Courts to the public and other governmental entities including state and federal governments; conducts ministerial duties not limited to oath of office; may serve on Navajo Nation court related projects for purpose of improving the quality of justice.

Education, Training and Experience:
Pursuant to 7 N.N.C. § 354. Qualifications for judicial appointment, A. District Courts.
An applicant shall have earned, at a minimum, an Associates of Arts and Science degree from accredited institution of higher education. An applicant who has
earned a higher education degree shall be preferred, with particular preference being given to a law degree a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Master of Law (LL.M). Two (2) years experience working with courts or law-related work; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the capabilities to perform the described duties.

Minimum Qualifications for Applications:
Pursuant to 7 N.N.C. § 354 applicant must produce a certificate of good health from a licensed physician, attest to the fact that they have no physical addictions, provide/submit a writing sample illustrating the ability to clearly show organization and communication skills, demonstrate there are no present or past conflicts of interests that would have the appearance of partiality
or bias in cases brought to the courts, submit letters of reference that outline motivation, employment performance, character and capacity for honesty and impartiality, demonstrated managerial skills necessary for supervising staff, coordinating budget and personnel requirements, verbal communication and writing abilities. Applicant must be an enrolled member of the Navajo
Nation, 30 years or older, no misdemeanor or felony convictions, able to successfully pass a criminal background check. Applicant must demonstrate fluency in both the Navajo and English languages.

Probationary Status and Appointment:
Pursuant to 7 N.N.C. § 355 Appointment; term of office, the selected applicant shall be appointed by the Navajo Nation President and serve a two (2) year probationary period in which the Judiciary Committee shall review the probationary status and recommend to the Navajo Nation Council for permanent appointment and confirmation.
To receive full credit for education/training applicant must submit copies of college transcripts, certificates, diploma, etc.

Desired Class Level:

RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp, Alum 7+ yrs exp, LLM

Posting Date: October 1, 2014

Expiration Date: October 31, 2014

contact: Rosita Kelly, Arizona

Resume Receipt: E-mail, Other (see below)

Default email for resumes.:

How To Apply: Interested applicants can retrieve the Judicial Branch application from our website: Other job vacancies can be viewed there as well under Human Resources.

Additional Documents: Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Other Documents

Requested Document Notes: We can accept faxed or email documents with original documents sent to our address by mail. Navajo Nation Judicial Branch Human Resources; P. O. Box 520; Window Rock, AZ 86515.

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