Public invited to CNMI drug court presentation


CNMI Bar Association president Jennifer Dockter encouraged the public yesterday to learn more from retired Utah judge Steven Hansen and Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman about the creation of a drug court in the CNMI.

Dockter said the Bar Association welcomes members of the public to attend Hansen’s and Wiseman’s presentation at Hyatt Regency Saipan’s Giovanni’s Restaurant tomorrow, Thursday, at 11:45am.

Dockter said Wiseman and Hansen will be discussing the implementation of a drug court in the CNMI.

The lawyer said Wiseman has spearheaded the effort to implement this “highly important, problem solving court” in the CNMI.

She said Hansen, who has successfully implemented two drugs courts in the U.S. mainland, traveled to Saipan from Provo, Utah, to help in this critical process.

Hansen will be on the island for six months and will be working with Wiseman on this project.

There are now over 3,000 drug courts in the United States. A drug court is reportedly considered one of the most effective ways in the criminal justice system of dealing with drug abuse and criminal behavior.

House Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan) introduced the bill that would establish a drug court in the CNMI.

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

Related Posts

Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.