Broken water pipe shuts down court operation


A broken water pipe at the House of Justice on Saipan resulted in the closure of the local courts yesterday at noon.

The courthouse will resume regular business hours today, Thursday, according to CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro and Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja.

In their notice, Castro and Naraja did not indicate why the water pipe broke.

Deputy Director of Courts Sonia A. Camacho said that building superintendent Gerald Weaver and his crew were fixing the water pipe.

Camacho said she does not know what caused the water pipe to break and that she’s still waiting for an update of the repair work from Weaver.

As a result of the water pipe situation, the offices and restrooms at the House of Justice had no water. It’s not clear whether there was flooding in certain parts of the building.

Superior Court hearings set in the morning pushed through, but those set in the afternoon were cancelled.

A Customs Division Academy class presentation yesterday before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho’s courtroom was moved to the Northern Marianas College Building G2.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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