National Center of State Courts consultants John Doerner and Mindy Masias are on Saipan to evaluate the CNMI Judiciary’s staffing adequacy and to help establish sound personnel and procurement practices.
The Judiciary sought the assistance of NCSC for an objective evaluation of court operations in an effort to improve the delivery of justice throughout the CNMI. The consultants will also provide model personnel and procurement policies, rules and regulations. Their work is funded through a grant provided by the State Justice Institute.
Doerner is NCSC’s principal court management consultant and has conducted operational and financial process assessments in numerous courts across the nation. Masias is currently the director of Human Resources for the Colorado Judicial Department and an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law.
The project began with a personnel questionnaire emailed to every Judiciary employee. After analyzing the questionnaire’s results, the consultants are conducting a two-week site visit to follow-up with the Judiciary’s employees and observe firsthand how the Judiciary operates. Judiciary staff and the consultants are working cooperatively with other agencies to create systems that will improve the capability of the Judiciary to provide critical services to CNMI residents.
The consultants met personally with the three Supreme Court justices Monday to get detailed information about court governance.
“A comprehensive review is underway to improve the delivery of judicial services to the Commonwealth, despite severely limited resources. I look forward to reading the final report and recommendations,” said CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro.
The National Center for State Courts is a non-profit organization headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is dedicated to improving the administration of justice in the United States and throughout the world. (NMI Judiciary)