Pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 of the NMI Constitution, the Court has authority to hear all appeals from final judgments and order of the Commonwealth Superior Court. This enables the Court to decide important legal issues and to maintain uniformity in the law. Court decision may only be appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
For the first time in history, the Supreme Court livestreamed oral arguments during its second quarter appellate session in April 2020. In one case, a Guam-based attorney presented his arguments from his law firm library. Livestreaming will also be conducted for the third and fourth quarter appellate sessions.
The Guma Hustisia’s Supreme Court is retrofitted with plexiglass to ensure all COVID-19 precautionary measures are put in place. These items enable jury trials and other court preceedings to be conducted in the Supreme Court, ensuring adequate plexiglass dividers between each juror.