Judge Joseph James Norita Camacho ascended to the bench on November 10, 2011. He has been admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Commonwealth Courts.
Judge Camacho is a proud graduate of the Northern Marianas College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in History from San Jose State University, a Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University, and a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law.
He served as a prosecutor for the CNMI Office of the Attorney General before establishing his own law firm. In 2007, he was elected to the 16th CNMI House of Representatives where he served as House Floor Leader.
Judge Camacho has a long-standing commitment to public service in the Commonwealth. He was a member of the Law Enforcement Explorer Program in his youth, a police officer with the CNMI Department of Public Safety (8th Police Academy), and an adjunct instructor at Northern Marianas College. He continues to support
programs that educate youth and the community about the law, including mock trial programs and the Summer Pre-Law Program.
For several years he has assisted the Northern Mariana Humanities Council's organization of the annual Junior Mock Trials. Below he is pictured with the Junior Mock Trial team from Hopwood Junior High School.