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In May 2019, Gretchen A. Smith took the oath of office as the Clerk of Court for the Supreme Court. She received her juris doctorate from the University of California at Davis School of Law in May 2018, and she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles in May 2012. Her deputy clerk of court is Nora V. Borja, who has maintained that position since 2012.
The Office of the Clerk of Court is the public office and record keeper of the Commonwealth Supreme Court. The Clerk’s Office performs duties in support of the Court’s constitutional responsibilities. These duties include docketing appeals and petitions, accepting case filings, disseminating orders and opinions, and scheduling oral arguments. All appeals are governed by the NMI Supreme Court Rules, which can be found here.
The Clerk of Court for the Supreme Court is appointed by the Chief Justice. The Clerk, and every deputy clerk, must take an oath of office that he or she will execute the duties of his or her office in accordance with the law and the NMI Supreme Court Rules. The Clerk may be assigned any number of other responsibilities in addition to managing the Court’s docket. Past responsibilities include coordinating outreach programs, managing rules committees, acting as liaison between the public and the Court, among other duties.
Nora V. Borja, Deputy Clerk of Court