Associate judge-nominee Teresa Kim-Tenorio thanked the CNMI Bar Association for initiating an evaluation of her nomination to serve on the Superior Court, even as a Senate panel has yet to schedule a public hearing on her and three other’s nominations as of yesterday.
“I would like to thank the CNMI Bar Association for taking the lead in this evaluation process so that my colleagues could have the opportunity to give their opinions about my capabilities and professionalism. I would also like to thank my colleagues who took the time out to fill out the evaluation,” Kim-Tenorio told Saipan Tribune.
Kim-Tenorio has been counsel for Gov. Eloy S. Inos since February and when Inos was still lieutenant governor.
The Bar Association gave Kim-Tenorio acceptable ratings of between 3 and 3.81 in the evaluation of her fitness to serve as associate judge.
The criteria used numerical values—1 through 5—with 1 being unacceptable and 5 being excellent.
Kim-Tenorio received a rating of 3 for experience; 3.63 for integrity; 3.48 for professional competence; 3.41 for judicial temperament; and 3.81 for service to the law and contribution to the effective administration of justice.
“The position of associate judge is a critical component in our legal system and I appreciate the thoroughness of the all parties involved, including the Senate, the Office of the Governor, the Judiciary, and the Bar Association,” Kim-Tenorio added.
The Bar Association earlier gave the governor’s first associate judge nominee, attorney Ray Quichocho, “unacceptable” and “deficient” ratings.
Sen. Frank Cruz (R-Tinian), chairman of the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations, said yesterday that a schedule of public hearing on Kim-Tenorio and others’ nominations is forthcoming.
The governor had already submitted to the Senate the documents supporting his nomination of Kim-Tenorio and three others.