The information published on the website of the Ministry of Justice contains hypertext links or references to information created and maintained by other public and/or private bodies. The Department of Justice does not endorse the organizations or views represented by external websites and assumes no responsibility or control for the accuracy, accessibility, copyright or trademark compliance, or legality of the material contained on external websites. Judges of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands are appointed by the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate, for a term of ten years or until a successor is elected and qualified. The first judge of the District Court was Alfred Laureta, who served from 1978 to 1988. His successor, the Honourable Alex R. Munson, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate in 1988. Justice Munson was nominated by President William J. Clinton for a second ten-year term and confirmed by the Senate in 1998. In February 2010, Justice Munson retired after twenty-eight years in the legal community, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1982 to 1988. All non-citizens must have permission to work legally in the United States and in the CNMI. Each job classification has different admission requirements, conditions of employment and periods of authorized residence.

For more information on temporary and permanent employee categories, please visit our Working in the United States page. The Supreme Court was established by the Commonwealth Act on 1 May 1989. This provision was codified under the Pact for the Establishment of a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America (“Covenant”), § 402(c), Act of 24 March 1976, pub. 94-241, 90 Stat. 263, as amended by footnote 48 U.S.C. § 1801. The pact granted self-government to the NCMI, with the United States administering the islands under the former United Nations-held trust territory of the Pacific Island System. Please click on the appropriate court form. The following forms have important legal consequences. Consult the legal department. >>> The United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands is located on Saipan Island, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, at 15.1N 145.8E, approximately 150 miles north of Guam in the Pacific Northwest.

Local time in Saipan is GMT plus 10 hours. Saipan is located across the International Date Line from the Americas. At 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, it is 11 p.m. the same day in Saipan. At 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, it is 8 a.m. the next day in Saipan. For this reason, sometimes when you call by phone, there is no answer.

Saipan is served by the United States Postal Service (USPS) and is located in U.S. Postal Tariff Zone 8. To call Saipan, use the area code 670. Saipan has the same calling sign as the rest of the United States (country code 1), so no international area code is required if you are calling from the United States or Canada. The pact was subsequently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 21, 1975, and by the U.S. Senate on February 24, 1976. On March 24, 1976, President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-241 (90 Stat. 263), which promulgated the pact.

Certain provisions entered into force on that day in accordance with article 1003 (a) of the Convention. The remaining provisions entered into force on 9 January 1978 and 4 November 1986, the dates indicated in presidential proclamations pursuant to article 1003 (b) to (c) of the Covenant. On the last day, qualified residents of the Northern Mariana Islands became U.S. citizens. 2022 PJC American College of Trial Lawyers Practical Trial Training The Northern Mariana Islands comprise the entire Mariana Chain in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, with the exception of the island of Guam. On the map, you`ll find the Northern Mariana Islands along longitude 145E, starting at latitude 14N, about 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers) west of Hawaii and about 1,250 miles (2,012 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo, Japan. There are three main islands in the Northern Mariana Islands: Saipan, Tinian and Rota Island. E-Verify can verify the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees, including non-nationals with CNMI Transitional Worker Only (CW-1) or CNMI Investor Only (E-2C) status. While some employers may register with the CNMI for E-Verify as of June 18, 2020, any employer filing a CW-1 petition must be a participant in good standing in the E-Verify program.

If you need to leave the NCMI for any reason, you will need an appropriate visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad, or a pre-release authorization from USCIS to return to the NCMI. In addition, for fiscal year 2019 (NDAA), the National Defense Authorization Act exempts certain H-2B positions in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (NCMI) from the requirement to demonstrate that the need for a worker is temporary. For more information on applying for CNMI long-term resident status, please visit our CNMI Long-Term Resident Status page. The Covenant was negotiated over twenty-seven months (December 1972 to February 1975) by the Mariana Islands Political Status Commission, composed of representatives of the Northern Mariana Islands and a delegation from the United States. The proposed Pact was signed by negotiators on February 15, 1975, and unanimously approved by the Marianas District Legislature of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands on February 17, 1975. Non-citizens physically staying or arriving at the CNMI are not eligible to apply for asylum.