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MCS wins Mock Trial Competition Third Year in a Row


Mount Carmel School (MCS) bested seven other schools to defend its title as Mock Trial Champions at the 20th Annual CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition last Friday, February 16th, at the Guma' Hustisia.

Tinian Jr. & Sr. High School placed second and Marianas High School placed third. The other teams that competed were Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr. & Sr. High School, Grace Christian Academy (who won the Supreme Court Professionalism Award), Marianas Baptist Academy, Saipan International School, and Saipan Southern High School.

The MCS team is comprised of Kyle Bautisa, Gary Camacho, Quincy Chinen, Daniele Colombo, Kimvherly Dela Cruz, Xavier Gatmaitan, Maverick Irang, Angelo Manese, Jeff Melchor, Matt Moran, Justin Ocampo, Reica Ramirez, and Theresa Zheng. Their attorney coach is Assistant US Attorney Garth Backe and teacher-coach is Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero.

For a complete list of winners follow:

Marianas Variety or
Saipan Tribune.

Dela Cruz Appointed New Trustee for Historical Society


The Northern Marianas Judiciary Historical Society welcomes its newest trustee, Bernadita B. Dela Cruz, who was appointed by the Board of Trustees at its recent meeting. Dela Cruz, of Capitol Hill, Saipan, is a longtime active volunteer of the Judiciary's outreach programs, including the Attorney General's Cup and the High School Mock Trial Program where she served in the steering committee for over a decade. She chaperoned students, as well as volunteered at the national competitions.

"It is an honor and a great privilege to be appointed into the Northern Marianas Judicial Historical Society Board of Trustees," said Mrs. Dela Cruz. "I am excited to see what this new position holds for me."

The Historical Society, comprised of members of the community and jurists, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose main objective is to support judiciary outreach education programs such as Law Week, Judges in the Classroom, Middle School Essay and Poster contests and Mock Trial. It also published the first history book on the CNMI Judiciary and has started plans to publish a second edition.

Judiciary Presents Strategic Plan for 2018-2022



The Judiciary recently revealed its Strategic Plan for 2018–2022. The Strategic Plan consists of a set of seven goals the Judiciary aims to accomplish over the next five years, with specific strategies    corresponding to the implementation of each goal.

The plan builds on the Judiciary’s previous Strategic Plan, which was released in 2009. Goals for the Strategic Plan include: providing  fair and timely case resolution, ensuring access to justice, developing and supporting specialty courts, improving technology and court data systems, building a professional workforce, promoting community engagement, and renovating the Guma’ Hustisia, Centron Hustisia Rota, and Kotten Tinian. The 2018–2022 Northern Mariana Islands Judiciary’s Strategic Planning Booklet can be found by clicking on the link below: 


Supreme Court Decisions


The Commonwealth Supreme Court issued the following decisions:

2018 MP 1: 2017-SCC-0014-CIV,
Commonwealth v. Bashar 

For a complete list of Supreme Court decisions, please visit the Law Revision Commission website at:

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