It’s business as usual at the U.S. District Court for the NMI, but in two weeks the federal Judiciary will reassess the situation as a result of the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years.
A visit by Saipan Tribune since Tuesday, the start of the shutdown, showed that the federal court’s operations remain normal.
Court staff refused to comment about the shutdown issue.
The federal court’s website announced that the federal Judiciary will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days.
On Oct. 15, the court said the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance.
“All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case management/electronic case files will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with courts,” according to the announcement.
The court will conduct hearings on seven criminal cases today, Friday.
The U.S. immigration court on Saipan has been closed indefinitely. It has one regular staff assigned on the island.