The long-awaited CNMI Drug Court Program, a pre-plea diversion model for substance users charged with a crime, is quickly becoming a reality. By the efforts and emphatic support of the community, the enabling act for CNMI Drug Court, Public Law 19-14, was signed into law on October 28, 2015. Following passage of the law, the Judiciary submitted a proposed budget to the legislature and received local funding. Since then, the CNMI Judiciary has been working diligently to staff members of the CNMI Drug Court Team. After conducting a series of panel interviews, the CNMI Judiciary is proud to announce the newest members of the CNMI Drug Court Team.
Associate Judge David A. Wiseman Retires
On May 20, 2016, the Judiciary will hold a retirement ceremony in honor of Associate Judge David A. Wiseman. Judge Wiseman has served as a Commonwealth Superior Court Associate Judge for over fourteen years. In retirement, Judge Wiseman plans to leave Saipan and settle on the island of Hawai'i.
Attorney Professionalism: Insight and Ideas from the Bench and Bar
On May 13, 2016, the CNMI Bar Association, CNMI Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands presented a Continuing Legal Education course on professionalism at the former Law Library in the Guma' Hustisia. The first panel discussed professionalism before the court. Its guest speakers included Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Associate Judge David A. Wiseman, and Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy, and the discussion was moderated by Michael Ernest, Esq. The second panel discussed professionalism between attorneys. That panel consisted of Attorneys Rex Kosack, Catherine Cachero, Timothy Bellas, and Jennifer Dockter, and the discussion was moderated by Assistant Attorney General Barbara Cepeda, Associate Justice Manglona provide the opening remarks and Associate Judge Wiseman delivered the closing.
Supreme Court Decisions
The Commonwealth Supreme Court issued the following decisions: