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Regular Business Hours. The Court’s regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays.

The intake counter at the Clerk’s Office closes during the lunch hour from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. each business day, except for the last business day of each month when the intake counter closes at 3:00 p.m.

The public may attend open court proceedings. The use of face masks and social distancing is optional based on personal preference as set forth in General Order No. 22-00004. Social distancing accommodations may be provided upon request.

Public Notice for Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge - Posted: 07/01/2024
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy at the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands is due to expire on June 10, 2025. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new four-year term.

Criminal Case No. 1:24-cr-00014 - USA vs Julian Paul Assange - Posted: 06/25/2024
UPDATED: 06/28/2024 | 8:13 AM ChST
Case information for journalists and interested members of the public about USA vs Julian Paul Assange, Criminal Case No. 1:24-cr-00014

2024 Law Day Photo Contest Winners - Posted: 06/03/2024
2024 Winners of the Law Day Photo Contest sponsored by the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Northern Mariana Islands - 2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Winners - Posted: 05/13/2024
2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Winners for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Finalists Announced - Posted: 05/12/2024
SAN FRANCISCO – Federal judicial districts throughout the Ninth Circuit have selected their local civics contest winners who will advance as finalists in the preliminary round of the 2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest. Forty-two essays and 31 videos are up for consideration to be the next top winners at the circuit level contest. The circuit received 737 essays and 88 video entries.

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Latest Opinions and Decisions

1:15-cr-00014 Docket No. 289 - Posted: 07/16/2024
United States of America v. Xi Huang
Decision and Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Sentence Reduction, and Granting Counsel's Motion to Withdraw

1:19-cv-00008 Docket No. 315 - Posted: 07/15/2024
Joshua Gray v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Decision and Order Granting Fifth Petition for Attorneys' Fees

1:18-cr-00006-1 Docket No. 303 - Posted: 07/15/2024
United States of America v. Vincent David Cabrera, Jr.
Decision and Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Compassionate Release and Motion for Counsel

1:23-cv-00015 Docket No. 8 - Posted: 07/11/2024
First Hawaiian Bank, a Hawaii Corporation v. Tianchi Corporation, a Northern Mariana Island Corporation, and Yong Fu Hong
Decision and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Plaintiff's Motion for Service by Publication and Extension of Time to Effect Service

1:24-bk-00002 Docket No. 165 - Posted: 07/10/2024
In Re: Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Memorandum Decision Denying Without Prejudice Joshua Gray and U.S.A. Fanter Corp., Ltd.’s Motion for Relief from Stay

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