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ALEXANDRO C. CASTRO

CHIEF JUSTICE

Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro was appointed by Governor Benigno R. Fitial on September 13, 2012, and became the fourth Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands upon his confirmation by the Senate on October 11, 2012.  

 

He serves as a justice pro tem of the Supreme Court of Guam and a non-resident Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.  

Chief Justice Castro served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1998-2012);  Presiding Judge of the Superior Court (1993-1998); and Associate Judge of the Commonwealth Trial Court (1989-1993). He became the first indigenous Attorney General in 1986 after serving as the Chief Prosecutor (1983-1986). He is the founding father of the Attorney General’s Cup Speech Competition, an annual event, whereby high school students from Rota, Tinian, and Saipan debate current legal issues. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands; CNMI Courts, and the Courts of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (as a paralegal).

 

Chief Justice Castro graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in 1989, a British-oriented law school. While in law school, he represented UPNG in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.

 

He is married to Carmen Moses of Angaur, Palau, and they are blessed with six children, Patrick, Yvonne, +Eric, Junior, Rodney, and Ariel..

Justice John A. Manglona has been a justice for over twenty years. Governor Pedro P. Tenorio initially appointed him in early 2000, and the CNMI Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment. Justice Manglona successfully underwent two retention elections to serve eight-year terms.

Justice Manglona served as an associate judge in the Superior Court from 1998 to 2000. While serving as a judge, he was also nominated by Guam Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez to serve as a Designated Justice of the Guam Supreme Court for a term of four years. The Guam Legislature unanimously confirmed the nomination. He continues to assist the Guam Supreme Court as a justice pro tem.

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Justice Manglona, born on Rota, attended Guam Catholic schools and graduated from Father Duenas Memorial School. He received his B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.  He graduated from Creighton University School of Law (J.D.) and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation). Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Manglona was in private practice focusing on probate, corporations, tax and real property transactions.

 

Justice Manglona actively participates in the Judiciary’s outreach programs such as the Law and the Freshman Legislator, High School Mock Trial, Justices in the Classroom and Law Week. He volunteered for many years with National Forensics League, National Speech and Debate and We the People programs as a competition coach or judge.

 

Justice Manglona is married to U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Mona V. Manglona, and they are blessed with two children.

JUSTICE PERRY B. INOS

Justice Perry Borja Inos ascended to the Supreme Court in 2013 after serving as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court since 2008. Governor Benigno R. Fitial appointed him to both courts. Justice Inos successfully underwent retention elections in 2012 and 2020.    

Born on Saipan, Justice Inos went to Rota High School and graduated from the University of Guam with a B.B.A. in Management. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before joining the bench, he worked for the Office of the Attorney General, Law Office of John A. Manglona, and as a solo practitioner.

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Justice Inos participates in the Judiciary’s various outreach programs and the Pacific Judicial Council education committee and assists the Guam Supreme Court as justice pro tem when designated. He volunteers in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Saipan. 

 

He is married to Debra A. Inos, and they have three children