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Gretchen Smith
Gretchen A. Smith, Esq., Clerk of the Supreme Court

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.

Inquiries

The Office of the Clerk of Court welcomes inquiries at (670) 236-9715. The public may also contact the Office at supreme.court@NMIJudiciary.com.

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 

ORAL ARGUMENT

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are open to the public and held quarterly. Court sessions are held in the Guma’ Hustisia in the Supreme Court courtroom. Each side has 25 minutes to argue, unless the time is shortened or extended by the Court. Sometimes, appeals are “submitted on the briefs” if the Justices unanimously agree oral argument is unnecessary. The Court’s oral argument calendar is available by clicking the icon above. Proceedings are recorded and may be duplicated for a fee.

FILINGS

All appellate filings are electronically filed and served through File & ServeXpress which can be accessed by clicking the icon above. There are circumstances in which electronic filing and service may be unavailable. When this happens, appellate filings may be filed in-person with the Clerk’s Office between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. All public filings are available for inspection and duplication for a fee.

ELECTRONIC FILING RULES

All electronic filing and service rules are governed by the Commonwealth Rules for Electronic Filing and Service, which can be found by clicking the icon above.

ORDERS, DECISIONS & OPINIONS

The Supreme Court issues orders and opinions throughout the year. Published orders and opinions are readily accessible at www.cnmilaw.org or by clicking the icon above. Parties are notified of published orders and opinions through E-File & ServeExpress. The Court also issues press releases on published orders and opinions to the media.

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