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At least two of the CNMI Judiciary’s Seven Strategic Plan goals were directly fulfilled by the Grants Office in 2018.

Addressing Needs through Non Adversarial Models

The State Justice Institute Human Trafficking Grant to the Judiciary was performed by consultant Dr. John A. Martin under contract with the Center for Public Policy Studies. The grant addresses a pressing need for greater Judiciary understanding of non-adversarial models.

Judiciary staff members spent over 800 hours in training and related discussions with Dr. Martin. Training focused on human trafficking identification and the scope and efficiency of the Judiciary’s case processing related to human trafficking. The justices and judges attended over 125 hours of sessions and discussions.

James W. Stowell

Grants Administrator 

Progress is made on one of the Seven Strategic Plan goals by the Grants Administration Office.

Renovate Guma Hustisa, Rota Centron Hustisia and Kotten Tinian 

Typhoon Yutu did considerable damage to the Guma Hustisia on Saipan and the Kotten Tinian. With assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration through the local Public Assistance Office renovation efforts continue. Thus, the Grants Office played a part in the fixing of holes that had been made in the walls of the building stucco by flying debris, obtaining a new security scanner, getting blown out doors that lead to the exterior fixed, and finding a vendor that would economically replace the building’s totally ruined parking lot lights with typhoon resistant LED fixtures.

A portion of CARES Act funding was managed to completed the first of two rounds of spending on germicidal ultra violet light equipment. Three types of equipment having been chosen for their particular jobs in the cleaning of Judiciary’s indoor environments of COVID related pathogens, other viruses, bacteria and mold spores.  Near the ceilings in courtrooms and meeting rooms and busy public places the UV equipment has been installed.  

Biolux mobile stand up units, each with four 36-inch lamps, were regularly deployed throughout the building at the end of the day to keep surfaces and air in big areas clean

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Marshall about to clean courtroom of pathogens with a Biolux ultra violet light mobile stand (Biolux Lamp UV Mobile Units). Two units together can clean the surfaces and the air in a 40 by 60-foot room, such as a courtroom, in ten minutes. The light is dangerous to humans and all necessary precautions are taken to insure nobody enters the room being cleaned unless they are properly fitted with protective gear.

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Technician attending to the installation of a Troffer which is a piece of ultra violet light equipment that pulls air in and passes in through a HEPA filter and then past a UV light for the most thorough cleaning. The 2 by 2-foot  Troffer is to the right of the technician. In the middle of the unit is a LED light strip which adds light to an area when the equipment is turned on.

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Hygeaire stainless steel, high ceiling air cleaner installed in the Superior Court Clerk’s office.

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Holes made in the building’s stucco surface caused by flying debris during Super Typhoon Yutu.