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Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill


The Judiciary will join other CNMI government agencies in the annual Great ShakeOut slated for Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 10:20 a.m. The earthquake drill provides an opportunity to practice how to be safer during an earthquake using the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" exercise. Deputy Director of Enforcement and Security Ursula Lifoifoi-Aldan is organizing the event for the Judiciary.

According to the Great ShakeOut website,, over 52 million participants have registered for the drill worldwide.

Judiciary, Bar Association and NMJHS host "No Cost Legal Research" CLE


The Commonwealth Judiciary, CNMI Bar Association, and the Northern Marianas Judiciary Historical Society will host a Continuing Learning Education (CLE) session on the topic "No Cost Legal Research" on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the NMI Supreme Court Law Library. The workshop will provide information and hands-on training on how to conduct free legal research online. To fully participate in the training, attendees are required to bring a laptop, tablet, or other mobile device, with Wi-Fi capability, and a memorandum or points and authorities in Word format.

Presenters for the session include Chief Justice Robert J. Torres of the Guam Supreme Court, Guam Compiler of Laws Geraldine A. Cepeda, and Guam Superior Court Clerk of Court Danielle T. Rosete, Esq.

The training offers three (3) CLE credit hours, is free of charge, and participants will receive a certificate of completion.

For any questions, contact Suzanne Steffy at 670-235-4529 or Hyun Jae Lee at

Materials provided at the session can be obtained by clicking "more" below.

Judiciary Receives $5.9M Budget for FY2017


Governor Ralph DLG. Torres signed into law the FY2017 budget bill that includes an allocation of $5.9M to the Commonwealth Judiciary. The budget allocation falls far short from the Judiciary's request for $7.56M, which is needed to fund court-appointed counsel expenses and make immediate repairs of court facilities on all three islands. The newly established Drug Court received $361,000 for personnel and operations.

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