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Pursuant to 1 CMC § 311, the following legal holidays are observed in the Commonwealth for the calendar year of 2023. >>See more

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Superior Clerk of Court

Patrick V. Diaz

Clerk of the Superior Court

Patrick V. Diaz joined the Judiciary in 1997 working in the Family Court Division as a Family Court Coordinator. He then served as the Family Court Manager for eight years. In 2012, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja appointed him as Clerk of the Superior Court.


The Office of the Clerk of Court performs a myriad of detailed tasks in support of the Superior Court’s constitutional function. It is the largest division of the Superior Court with three offices located on Saipan, Rota and Tinian.  It maintains the official records for the trial court and is the official recorder of documents for filings and appeals. 


The Office is also responsible for processing traffic clearances, traffic histories, criminal clearances, bench warrants, as well as the copying and distribution of related court documents.

All civil, criminal, family, small claims cases and agency appeals are initiated and processed by the Office. It is tasked with maintaining case registers and performs certification standards of all documents lodged or filed.  The Office provides the personnel to oversee courtroom management and practices in the Commonwealth’s seven courtrooms.

For more information, please contact 670-236-9766, 670-783-8522 or email

Contact the Client Service Navigator at 236-9801 to arrange a tour that meets your objectives.


Novelyn Wania-Tenorio

Deputy Clerk III

STEPS FOR REQUESTING CLEARANCE CHECKS (Criminal Clearances, Traffic Clearances, Traffic History) 


  1. Complete the following forms: a. Clearance Request Form;

  2. Submit a scanned copy of approved forms of ID.

  3. Email copy of all required forms to in include scanned copy of ID to and

(Clerk of Court)

  1. . Request will be received by clerks via Email, Clerk will review submission if all required forms are complete.

  2. Clerk will process a payment slip to the cashier. Clerk provide instruction to contact the cashier at 670-236-9790 for payment over the phone.

  3. Conduct research for clearance/ history.

  4. Once research is complete, email a copy of the clearance and receipt to requestor and send original to pick up box;

Centron Hustisia

Rota Centron Hustisia

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Rota Centron Hustisia in Sinapalo was completed in 2005. It houses the Superior Court, Office of Adult Probation Supervision, Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Public Defender, and Department of Public Safety.


Superior Court hearings are held on Rota twice a month, and the Supreme Court periodically holds oral arguments.

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Michelle A. Mendiola

Administrative Specialist and

Special Deputy Clerk


Delia C. Barcinas

Deputy Clerk I


Sherla M. Sablan

Deputy Marshal I


Elvira M. Manglona

ARPA Scanning Clerk I



Micca B. King

ARPA Scanning Clerk I

Kotten Tinian

Kotten Tinian

Kotten Tinian opened in 1999, allowing residents to file cases on their home island rather than traveling to Saipan to do so. It is conveniently located in San Jose. It received further technological improvements in 2017 and 2018. Recently, CARES Act provided funds for fiber optic upgrades at Kotten Tinian.


Superior Court hearings are held on Tinian twice a month, and the Supreme Court periodically holds oral arguments. 

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Christin S. Cabrera

Deputy Clerk 1

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