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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.

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Court Resumes Regular Business Hours. Effective Monday, July 27, 2020, the court will resume regular business hours which 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. The Courthouse in Gualo Rai is open to court employees, tenants of the building and individuals with business with the Clerk’s Office or appearing for scheduled in-person court proceedings or for confirmed appointments with judges, the Office of Pretrial and Probation or other tenants of the building.  To maintain social distancing, a limited number of members of the public will be admitted to attend open court proceedings.  Public access to court proceedings will remain available in accordance with the procedures set forth in General Order No. 20-00009, General Order No. 20-00010, and General Order No. 20-00012

2021 Law Day Photo Contest - Posted: 05/01/2021
The United States District Court, District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands is having a photo contest and offers middle and high school students a chance to win cash prizes.

Student Intern Vacancy Announcement - Posted: 04/20/2021
The United States District Court, District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands is seeking applicants for the position of "Student Intern."

2021 Civics Contest Deadline Extended - Posted: 03/30/2021
SAN FRANCISCO – The 2021 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an essay and video competition for high school students sponsored by federal courts of the western United States, has been extended.

Heather L. Kennedy Re-Appointed as Federal Magistrate Judge - Posted: 02/05/2021
Heather L. Kennedy has been re-appointed as Part-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

CNMI House Resolution 21-40 - Posted: 01/14/2021
A House Resolution 21-40, Posthumously recognizing the life and legacy of the late Honorable Alfred Laureta, Esq., first Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Latest Opinions and Decisions


1:20-cv-00028 Docket No. 21 - Posted: 05/18/2021
Winzy Corporation v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Memorandum Decision Denying Defendant's Motion to Set Aside Entry of Default

1:18-cv-00003 Docket No. 121 - Posted: 05/10/2021
Reynaldo A. Manila v. Robert A. Guerrero, Jose K. Pangelinan, and Georgia M. Cabrera, all in their personal capacities
Decision Re: Magistrate Judge's Jurisdiction, and
Briefing Order Re: CNMI's Motion to Intervene and Plaintiff's Motion to Disqualify Defendants' Counsel


1:20-cr-00007 Docket No. 104 - Posted: 04/22/2021
United States of America v. Servillana Soriano and Halim Khan
Amended Memorandum Decision Denying Defendants' Motion in Limine

1:20-cr-00007 Docket No. 102 - Posted: 04/22/2021
United States of America v. Servillana Soriano and Halim Khan
Memorandum Decision Denying Defendants' Motion in Limine

1:20-cv-00025 Docket No. 29 - Posted: 04/19/2021
Francisco Nakatsukasa Basa, v. Jose Pangelinan, Georgia Cabrera, and Alfred Celes, in their individual capacities
Memorandum Decision Denying Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

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