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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.

2023 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest - Posted: 12/16/2022
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.

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.

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Latest Opinions and Decisions


1:22-cv-00001 Docket No. 55 - Posted: 01/12/2023
Nicholas Yarofalchuw v. John Cabrera and Danny Fitial
Decision & Order Denying Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint

1:20-cv-00012 Docket No. 126 - Posted: 12/02/2022
Ping Shun Corporation v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Memorandum Decision Granting and Denying in Part Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Post-appeal

1:22-cv-00008 Docket No. 11 - Posted: 11/17/2022
Andrew Sablan Salas v. United States of America
Decision and Order Granting Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice

1:20-cv-00031 Docket No. 73 - Posted: 11/12/2022
Özcan Genç, Hasan Göçke, and Süleyman Köş, on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC, and Imperial Pacific International Holdings, Ltd.
Decision & Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion to Approve FLSA Settlement and Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Final Judgment for the FLSA Claims; and Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs

1:20-cv-00003 Docket No. 305 - Posted: 10/27/2022
U.S.A. Fanter Corporation, Ltd. v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.
Memorandum Decision Denying Stipulation to Stay Receivership

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