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Thirty-five of the Program’s graduates have earned law degrees, and many have returned to the Commonwealth to practice. The Northern Mariana Islands Historical Society is primary sponsor of the event. 

 

The Board of Trustees is comprised of the Chief Justice as the Honorary Chairman, the two Associate Justices, the Presiding Judge and five members of the community at large.

In 2011 the Historic Society, with partial funding from the Northern Mariana Island Council for the Humanities, published the collaborative work of many people on the evolution of the justice system in the Northern Mariana Islands, entitled: The Northern Mariana Islands Judiciary, a Historical Perspective.

The book reveals how the current independent and co-equal branches of government emerged over five centuries of changing legal structures, first installed by Spain, Germany, and Japan and after the World War II by the United States Naval Military Government and then the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands. This book chronicles these diverse legal systems and also examines the current Commonwealth judiciary. This unique focus affords readers a rarely-seen perspective of the court system in the Marianas, and an understanding of the efforts taken to ensure that the Commonwealth is a society governed by the rule of law.

The book, donated to libraries throughout the Western Pacific, can be accessed on line by clicking on the links below:

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The Northern Mariana Islands Judiciary

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