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Regular Business Hours. On Monday, July 27, 2020, the Court resumed 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, except for the last business day of each month when the intake counter closes at 3:30 p.m.. The Courthouse in Gualo Rai is open and the public may attend open court proceedings.

Effective Friday, May 27, 2022, the use of face masks and social distancing shall now be optional based on personal preference as set forth in General Order No. 22-00004. Social distancing accommodations may be provided upon request.

Federal Rules and Forms Proposed Amendments for Public Comments - Posted: 08/16/2022
The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved for publication for public comment on the proposed amendments to the existing rules and forms.

Proposed Ninth Circuit Rule Changes - Posted: 06/27/2022
The Ninth Circuit invites public comment on proposed Circuit Rule changes regarding Visual Images for Demonstrative Purposes in Briefs; Filing the Appeal; and Amicus Curiae Briefs relating to Petitions for Rehearing. Comments are due no later than August 5, 2022.

Northern Mariana Islands - 2022 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Winners - Posted: 06/11/2022
2022 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Winners for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

2022 Law Day Photo Contest Winners - Posted: 06/10/2022
2022 Winners of the Law Day Photo Contest sponsored by the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Court Closure - Posted: 05/18/2022
The United States District Court, District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands will be closed for business on Friday, May 27, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. through 4:30 p.m.

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Latest Opinions and Decisions


1:22-cv-00007 Docket No. 32 - Posted: 09/26/2022
Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC v. Commonwealth Casino Commission, as Agency of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Memorandum Decision Granting Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Motion to Compel Arbitration

1:19-cv-00016 Docket No. 322 - Posted: 08/22/2022
Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC. v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Memorandum Decision Denying Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider, to Amend the Scheduling Order, and for Leave to Amend Pleadings

1:21-cv-00024 Docket No. 24 - Posted: 08/09/2022
Mohammad Arman, Abul Kalam Azad, Kowsar Halim, and Habibur Rahman, v. JN Saipan CNMI, LLC, Big Boy Marine Sports Inc., Md. Jashim Uddin, and Nasmun Nahar Fatema
Memorandum Decision Granting Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendants

1:10-cv-00009 Docket No. 622 - Posted: 05/26/2022
In Re: Junior Larry Hillbroom Litigation
Memorandum Decision Regarding Motions in Limine

1:18-cv-00030 Docket No. 522 - Posted: 04/14/2022
Tianming Wang, et al., v. Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI), LLC, MCC International Saipan Ltd, Co., and Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Decision and Order Awarding Plaintiffs Attorneys’ Fees Against Defendant IPI

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