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Judiciary Staff Undergo Firearm Certification Training


Three new Deputy Marshals and one Probation Officer received live firearms training at the Department of Public Safety's Shooting Range in Marpi, Saipan. Marshals Jason Camacho, Leon Lizama II, and Maria Tudela and Probation Officer Benjie Piteg attended a weeklong session with DPS Sergeants Nick Leon Guerrero and David Hosonoa, both of whom are certified firearms instructors. The training included realistic topics such as shooting while moving to cover, one-handed firing, giving verbal challenges and firing and clearing malfunctions.

Deputy Marshal Marian Tudela, the only female marshal in the NMI Judiciary, emerged as the top gun among the marshals. She scored 277 out of a possible 400 points. Probation Officer Benjie Piteg scored 300 points.

The new marshals and probation officer move on the next training stage which will be conducted in late 2017.


Chief Probation Officer gets National Recognition


On August 28, 2017, CNMI Office of Adult Probation's Chief Probation Officer Ursula Lifoifoi-Aldan received the prestigious American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) 2017 Membership Award at an award ceremony during the APPA's  42nd Annual Training Institute in New York, New York. Over 1,750 registered participants witnessed as Chief Probation Officer Lifoifoi-Aldan received a plaque with a commemorative inscription. (See photo gallery for picture of plaque.)

Lifoifoi-Aldan was nominated by one of the board members and selected among 80,000 probation and parole officer-members nationwide by the executive board of directors. She is the APPA regional representative and was credited for the establishment of Region 18 or the Western Pacific Region, which includes the CNMI, American Samoa, the FSM, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Philippines.

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Supreme Court Welcomes New Law Clerk Olga Bykov 


Recent law graduate Olga Bykov starts her term as a law clerk of Justice John A. Manglona. Ms. Bykov obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the UC Davis School of Law in May 2017, where she excelled academically. She was an Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward J. Davilla of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Amongst her other commitments, Ms. Bykov also worked as a research assistant for two professors while in law school, conducting research and developing articles in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and criminal law.

She speaks fluent Russian and conversational Spanish and enjoys hiking and swimming in her free time. Ms. Bykov expressed enthusiasm about her move to Saipan, far away from her hometown of San Jose, California. "I am excited for the unique opportunity to explore the beauty and culture that the Northern Mariana Islands and other parts of Micronesia have to offer," said Olga.

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