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New Navajo Judge Confirmed

New Navajo Judge Confirmed
June 09
11:14 2016

Leonard Livingston

Leonard Livingston has been confirmed as a permanent Navajo Nation district court judge.

Under Navajo Nation law, a prospective judge must serve a two-year probationary period before being made permanent.

Livingston became a probationary judge in 2013. He has served in the Crownpoint, Shiprock and Ramah court districts.

He also served as an associate justice by designation on the Navajo Supreme Court for several cases when another justice was needed.

After serving the probationary period the judge must then undergo an evaluation process that includes reviews by the three branches of government and the public.

The council’s Law and Order Committee held a public hearing on Livingston in July 2015. The committee recommended his permanent appointment.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye notified Livingston of his appointment on April 17.

“As a Judge, you will be tasked to uphold and protect the laws of the Navajo Nation and exemplify virtues of both honesty and integrity,” Begaye wrote in his confirmation letter. “After review of the performance evaluation submitted by the Judicial Branch and resume, we have confidence that you will meet those standards.”

Acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan administered the oath of office following Livingston’s confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council.

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