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MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the United States District Court, District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands is to serve the community by ensuring equal access to justice for all by providing an impartial forum to resolve disputes in a fair, effective and timely manner pursuant to the rule of law.

Latest News and Announcements


Public Notice / Press Release Re: Government Shutdown - Posted: 01/18/2019
The United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands wishes to reassure the public that it is open for business to perform its constitutional functions and will remain open throughout the partial shutdown of federal operations.

Judiciary to Continue Funded Operations Until Jan. 25 - Posted: 01/18/2019
During the partial shutdown of the federal government, which began December 22, 2018, the Judiciary has continued to operate by using court fee balances and other “no-year” funds. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) now estimates that federal courts can sustain funded operations through January 25, 2019.

Judiciary Operating on Limited Funds During Shutdown - Posted: 01/08/2019
During the partial shutdown of the federal government, which began December 22, 2018, the Judiciary has continued to operate by using court fee balances and other “no-year” funds. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has revised its original estimate and now is working toward the goal of sustaining paid operations through January 18, 2019.

2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest - Posted: 01/01/2019
NORTHERN MARIANAS FEDERAL COURT COSPONSORS HIGH SCHOOL CIVICS CONTEST. A civics contest organized by the federal courts of the western United States offers high school students a chance to win cash prizes. The contest is open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions.

Judiciary Operating During Shutdown - Posted: 12/23/2018
Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government that began on December 22, 2018, the Judiciary remains open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through January 11, 2019, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.

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Latest Opinions and Decisions


1:18-cv-00008 Docket No. 47 - Posted: 01/31/2019
Jesse James Babauta Camacho v. CNMI Department of Corrections, et al.
Decision and Order Granting Commonwealth and Official Capacity Defendants' Motions, and Granting in Part the Personal Capacity Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

1:18-cv-00003 Docket No. 33 - Posted: 01/24/2019
Reynaldo Atrero Manila v. CNMI Department of Corrections, Robert Guerrero, Jose K. Pangelinan, and Georgia M. Cabrera
Order (1) Granting CNMI’s Motion to Correct Misjoinder and Motion to Dismiss; and (2) Granting Defendant Cabrera’s Motion for a More Definite Statement

1:16-cv-00015 Docket No. 95 - Posted: 01/17/2019
KSA Corporation and Il Hwan Kim v. Hun Jin An, in his personal capacity; Jeong Eun Taek, in his personal capacity; Joann P. Hensley, in her personal capacity; Oscar M. Babauta, in his personal capacity; Ramon S. Salas, in his personal capacity; and Does 1-10
Decision and Order Granting Motion to Withdraw and Setting Status Conference

1:18-cv-00022 Docket No. 15 - Posted: 01/10/2019
Vincent San Nicolas Norita v. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety, et al.
Decision and Order Substituting CNMI for Defendants Evangelista and Patris Pursuant to CNMI Attorney General's Certification, and Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

1:18-cv-00017 Docket No. 25 - Posted: 12/31/2018
Jerry Ray v. Vincent S. Attao, et al.
Decision and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment

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