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18th Annual High School Mock Trial Competition


The 18th Annual High School Mock Trial Competition will be held on February 11-12, 2016, at the Guma' Hustisia.

Six teams will be vying for the title to represent the CNMI at the National High School Mock Trial Competition which will be held on May 12-14, 2016, at Boise, Idaho.


CNMI Hosts Pacific Judicial Council Court Security Training


A three-day training sponsored by the Pacific Judicial Council on Court Security was held on January 19-21, 2016, on Saipan at the Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Participants from throughout the Pacific Region, including the CNMI Judiciary bench and its Marshal Service Division members, attended the training.


Judiciary Hosts Mock Trial Academy


The Northern Mariana Islands Judiciary will conduct the second annual High School Mock Trial Academy this Saturday, December 12th, at the Guma' Hustisia.  High School students from Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will attend lectures on various facets of mock trial and the legal system, including the rules of evidence, credible witness portrayal, and effective trial presentation.

The presenters at this year's Academy will include U.S. Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe and attorneys Rexford Kosack and Robert Tenorio Torres.




Mediation Training completed by large portion of CNMI Bar


In February 2015, the NMI Judiciary’s Mandatory Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution went into effect. The Rules require that all civil cases, except family law and small claims matters, go through a mediation process before regular litigation can commence. The rationale for these rules is to try to help litigants resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom freeing up both the courts and the parties limited resources.  

Chief Justice Castro, the driving force behind the Rules of Mandatory Dispute Resolution, stated, “some cases filed with our court system do not need to go through the entire judicial process. Parties who rely on mediation early in a dispute often spend less time, money, and effort to resolve their problems, and, at the end, have greater satisfaction with the results. Equally important, mediation conforms more closely with the Chamorro and Refaluwasch norms and values of 'ina komprendi yan ina famaolek.”

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