On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Commonwealth Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2017-ADM-0003-MSC, In Re the Northern Mariana Islands Fee Schedule, which supersedes the October 2006 fee schedule.
The new fee schedule is effective March 1, 2017. Copies of the Public Notice, Supreme Court Order and the fee schedule can be viewed here or on the Law Revision Commission's website at www.cnmilaw.org.
Mount Carmel School Repeats as Mock Trial Champion
Defending champion Mount Carmel School prevailed in the 19th Annual CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition, besting Grace Christian Academy in the Championship last Friday, February 17th.
The team consists of Gary Camacho, Quincy Chinen, Arron Cushing, Kimvherly Dela Cruz, Jaqueline Doctor, You Kin Jun, Angelo Manese, Jeff Matthew Melchor, Justin Ocampo, Michael Ortizo, Teica Ramirez, and Monica Usi. They are led by Attorney Coach Joseph L.G. Taijeron, Jr. and Teacher-Coach Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero.The team will represent the CNMI in the National Competition in Hartford, Connecticut on May 11-13, 2017.
Seven high schools from throughout the CNMI competed - including Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr. & Sr. High School, Marianas High School, Saipan International School, Saipan Southern High School, and Tinian Jr. & Sr. High School.
The local competition is sponsored by the Judiciary, Public School system, and the CNMI Bar Association.
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Supreme Court Hearing Held at the NMC
For the first time in CNMI history, the Supreme Court held oral arguments outside its courtroom. The hearing was held at the Northern Marianas College (NMC) on Wednesday, February 8. 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in Room D-1.
The case heard was Supreme Court case no. 201-SCC-001-FAM, Rose Ann Dela Cruz v. Elden C. Dela Cruz, a divorce case involving marital property.
Attorney Janet King represented the appellant and Attorney Stephen Nutting represented the appellee.
On February 13th, the Supreme Court will hear another case outside the courthouse - at Kagman High School.
The Supreme Court's oral argument calendar can be viewed here.