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Judge Wiseman

Associate Judge David A. Wiseman (Retired May 2016)

Judge David A. Wiseman ascended to the bench in March of 2001 and is the fifteenth judge confirmed to sit on the Superior Court since the inception of the Commonwealth in 1978. Judge Wiseman also served the judiciary as a Special Judge from 1995-2001. Both positions required nominations of the Governor subject to the advice and consent of Senate.

Judge Wiseman came to the CNMI in 1977, arriving on July 7, 1977 (or 7-7-77) which was during the transition period of the former Trust Territory District of the Northern Mariana Islands into the Commonwealth government. He and his wife Faythe were field enrolled as U.S. Peace Corps volunteers and he served as a Peace Corps attorney first assigned to the pre-Commonwealth, Fifth Marianas District Legislature and then to the pre-Commonwealth Mayor and Municipality of Rota.

After his time with the Peace Corps Judge Wiseman worked for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Commonwealth Legislature as a legal counsel. Subsequently, he entered private practice representing several government agencies before becoming a judge.

He has been successfully retained for his 2nd and 3rd terms of office, the latter of which he is presently serving. Judge Wiseman also serves as a designated judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands. He is serving his 11th consecutive term in this position, which is appointed annually by the Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Right: Judge Wiseman is pictured speaking before a Grace Christian Academy school assembly as part of the 
Judiciary's Judges in the Classroom community outreach program.

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