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MCS wins Mock Trial Competition Third Year in a Row


Mount Carmel School (MCS) bested seven other schools to defend its title as Mock Trial Champions at the 20th Annual CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition last Friday, February 16th, at the Guma' Hustisia.

Tinian Jr. & Sr. High School placed second and Marianas High School placed third. The other teams that competed were Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr. & Sr. High School, Grace Christian Academy (who won the Supreme Court Professionalism Award), Marianas Baptist Academy, Saipan International School, and Saipan Southern High School.

The MCS team is comprised of Kyle Bautisa, Gary Camacho, Quincy Chinen, Daniele Colombo, Kimvherly Dela Cruz, Xavier Gatmaitan, Maverick Irang, Angelo Manese, Jeff Melchor, Matt Moran, Justin Ocampo, Reica Ramirez, and Theresa Zheng. Their attorney coach is Assistant US Attorney Garth Backe and teacher-coach is Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero.

For a complete list of winners follow:

Marianas Variety or
Saipan Tribune.

Guma' Hustisia Gets Repainted


A fresh coat of bright, white paint can be seen at the Guma' Hustisia's exterior as Judiciary's Building Superintendent Gerald E. Weaver and staff Raymond C. Babauta take on this massive project. Since November 2017, Mr. Babauta and his small team of participants from the Office of Adult Probation (OAP) and Drug Court have been painting the exterior by sections. The project began in late December 2017 and will continue for the next few months, concluding with the painting of parking lot dividers and curbs.

Un Dangkulu na Si Yu'us Ma'ase to Gene, Ray and OAP and Drug Court participants for their initiative and hard work!

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:

2018 MP 1: 2017-SCC-0014-CIV,
Commonwealth v. Bashar 

For a complete list of Supreme Court decisions, please visit the Law Revision Commission website at:

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