Rota • Aguigan • Tinian • Saipan • Farallon de Medinilla • Anatahan • Sarigan • Guguan • Alamagan • Pagan • Agrihan • Asuncion • Maug • Farallon de Pajaros

Judiciary Conducts 4th Annual Mock Trial Academy



On December 1–2, 2017, the NMI Judiciary conducted the Judiciary Mock Trial Academy to prepare students for the 2018 CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition and National High School Mock Trial Championship. Over 80 students from nine high schools on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota gathered at the Guma’ Hustisia for two days of intense lectures on various facets of mock trial rules and legal practices.

Lecturers included Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy, and Law Clerk Richard C. Miller from the U.S. District Court, as well as Superior Court Judge Teresa K. Kim-Tenorio, Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth R. Backe, and Supreme Court Law Clerk Benjamin C. Byers. The lectures focused on evidentiary rules such as impeachment, hearsay, relevance, and introduction of exhibits, as well as witness portrayal and effective trial presentation.

The mock trial competition will be held on February 15–16, 2018, at the Guma’ Hustisia. Each team will have witnesses and attorneys, presenting the prosecution and defense sides of United States v. Lou Perez, a fictitious case about a military veteran charged with assault on a federal officer. Competitors will be judged based on their knowledge of the evidence and ability to present a logical and persuasive case.

The program is designed to introduce students to the legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. Members of the bench and attorneys serve as presiding judges, jurors, and attorney coaches. “Thanks to the volunteer efforts of our legal community, this program has been successful for the past 20 years,” said Deanna M. Ogo, Mock Trial Coordinator.

The winning team will travel to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada on May 10–12, 2018, to compete with over 40 teams from across the nation. The CNMI High School Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the NMI Judiciary, CNMI Bar Association, and CNMI Public School System.

Investiture Ceremony for Associate Judge Bogdan of the CNMI Superior Court



The investiture ceremony for the Honorable Wesley M. Bogdan, Associate Judge of the CNMI Superior Court, was held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in the Supreme Court Courtroom. In attendance were his wife, Mrs. Tomoko K. Bogdan, father-in-law, Nobuhisa Kawakata, friends, and representatives from the three branches of the CNMI government. Visiting jurists Chief Justice Katherine A. Maraman of the Supreme Court of Guam, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, and Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy of the U.S. District Court for the NMI, and Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood of the U.S. District Court of Guam joined the proceeding. Former Associate Justice Jesus C. Borja, former Associate Judge Herbert D. Soll and former Associate Judge Timothy H. Bellas were also in attendance.


Judiciary Presents Strategic Plan for 2018-2022



The Judiciary recently revealed its Strategic Plan for 2018–2022. The Strategic Plan consists of a set of seven goals the Judiciary aims to accomplish over the next five years, with specific strategies    corresponding to the implementation of each goal.

The plan builds on the Judiciary’s previous Strategic Plan, which was released in 2009. Goals for the Strategic Plan include: providing  fair and timely case resolution, ensuring access to justice, developing and supporting specialty courts, improving technology and court data systems, building a professional workforce, promoting community engagement, and renovating the Guma’ Hustisia, Centron Hustisia Rota, and Kotten Tinian. The 2018–2022 Northern Mariana Islands Judiciary’s Strategic Planning Booklet can be found by clicking on the link below: 


Supreme Court Decisions


The Commonwealth Supreme Court issued the following decisions:

2017 MP 20: 2016-SCC-0003-CRM,
Commonwealth v. Michael T. Castro 

2017 MP 16: 2016-SCC-0031-FAM,  Nevada D.H.H.S. Division of Welfare v. Raymond V. Lizama 

413.2 KB
365.5 KB
Website Builder