Public Notice No. 7 Business Hours of
Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
Business hours for the CNMI Judiciary on Saipan for Monday, August 31, 2015 and Tuesday, September 1, 2015, will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Business hours for the CNMI Judiciary on Saipan for Wednesday, September 2, 2015 through Friday, September 4, 2015 will be 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
On Rota and Tinian, business hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, August 31, 2015 through Friday, September 4, 2015.
Changes to this schedule, and the Judiciary's schedule for the week beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2015, following the Labor Day holiday, will be disseminated on the Judiciary's website, www.justice.gov.mp, and through other media.
The partial day operations on Saipan expected to continue until issues associated with fuel availability for standby power generation are resolved.
FEMA Loans Emergency Generator to Judiciary
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has assigned an emergency generator to the Judiciary to power up its Information Technology (IT) Office on a 24-7 basis to prevent damage to computer hardware and electronics. The Judiciary has a main generator that operates on a limited basis, but the new FEMA generator will allow consistent power for the IT Office's sensitive equipment.
"The emergency generator is a welcome relief. The continuous supply of power will help prevent further damage to the equipment and preserve vital data until things are back to normal," said Michael Villacrusis, Systems Administrator. The generator will be returned to FEMA once the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation restores power service to the Guma' Hustisia.
Judiciary Welcomes Legislature
The Judiciary welcomes the 19th Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature to the Guma' Hustisia. From Monday, August 24, 2015 through Friday, August 28, 2015, the Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Bureau will work and conduct sessions in the Guma' Hustisia.
The Supreme Court courtroom and a Superior Court courtroom are available for the houses to hold sessions. While the legislature routinely holds sessions at the Rota Judicial Center and Tinian Courthouse, this is the first time it conducts sessions in the Guma' Hustisia. In addition, the Legislative Bureau staff utilizes the law library as its temporary home.
The legislative building on Capitol Hill has suffered a power outage since August 2, 2015 when Typhoon Soudelor devastated the island.
Judiciary Provides Temporary Offices to Government Agencies and MLSC
On August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor caused massive destruction on Saipan forcing government units to relocate to other offices offering water and power services. The Judiciary, in operation two days after the typhoon, welcomed the Office of the Attorney General, Public Defender's Office and Micronesian Legal Services Corporation to use office spaces and internet connection in the Guma' Hustisia. The Judiciary's Computer Training Center and several Witnesses' Rooms were designated as temporary offices for the affected agencies.