On July 26, 2021, the Office of General Counsel (OGC) was established under the NMI Supreme Court, under the direct supervision of the Chief Justice, to provide a broad spectrum of advisory legal functions and to oversee legal issues affecting the court system and its administration on Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.
The OGC oversees all legal matters of the Judiciary. Its responsibilities includes, providing legal advice on a wide variety of legal issues affecting court system and administration, including but not limited to, state and federal compliance (including ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC laws); contract and grants management, procurement, capital improvements and personnel matters; researching and formulating legal opinions and making recommendations on a wide variety of legal
concerns faced by and impacting the Judiciary and its officials and employees; reviewing court rules, ensuring legal sufficiency, and recommending changes, if any, to the Supreme Court; reviewing and authoring court policies and procedures; researching and drafting legal memoranda and letters for the Office of Chief Justice and the Supreme Court; reviewing and standardizing legal forms for use by court officials and personnel; providing and reviewing the applicability of proposed and enacted local and federal legislation; conducting education and training programs for justices, judges, staff and the public on applicable local, federal, and Judiciary rules, policies, and regulations; assisting in judicial education and ethics; and providing support, oversight, and legal advice to Judiciary committees, task forces, and work groups.
Mary Bernadette Glass
Deputy General Counsel Matthew J. Brown gives a presentation on the Covenant. (October 22, 2021)
Office of General Counsel Staff from left to right: Paralegal Mary Bernadette “Mabby” Glass, General Counsel Hyun Jae Lee, and Deputy General Counsel Matthew J
General Counsel Lee and Deputy General Counsel Matthew J. Brown attends weekly ARPA Leadership Meeting at the SSZ Conference Room, Guma’ Hustisia.
General Counsel Hyun Jae Lee presents the Office of General Counsel’s strategic goals at the 2021 Judiciary Professional Development held in Kensington Hall. (November 21, 2021)
ARPA Paralegal Mary Bernadette (“Mabby”) C. Glass reports on the Judiciary Court Forms project at the ARPA Committee Meeting in the SSZ Conference Room, Guma’ Hustisia. (December 9, 2021)