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2016 CNMI Judiciary Conference on Strategic Planning


The 2016 CNMI Judiciary Conference on Strategic Planning is set for November 21st and 22nd. Planning sessions will be held on Saipan, resulting in adjusted business hours for all courthouses on Rota, Saipan, and Tinian, and to accommodate plenary discussion with Judiciary staff and stakeholders.

Court services for the week of November 21st will be scheduled as follows:

Monday, 11/21/2016
Rota - Closed
Saipan - Open 7:30am - 11:30 am
            Closed 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Tinian - Closed

Tuesday, 11/22/2016
Rota - Closed
Saipan - Closed 7:30am - 11:30 am
            Open 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Tinian - Closed

Wednesday, 11/23/2016
All Islands - Regular business hours

Thursday, 11/24/2016
All Islands - Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Friday, 11/25/2016
All Islands - Regular business hours


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 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.

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