SCS students learn how district court operates


U.S. District Court for the NMI designated Judge David Carter explains to Saipan Community School social studies students how the district court operates, among other things, during the children’s tour last Friday. Also in the photo is music teacher Anne McCaslin. (Ferdie De La Torre)

Eight graders from the Saipan Community School toured the U.S. District Court for the NMI in Garapan last Friday and learned from Designated Judge David Carter how the court operates.

Carter talked with the students, among other things, the water supply on Saipan and how he became a judge.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather Kennedy.

Moon Zeng, 14, said they got a chance to meet Carter, watched a status conference, and saw law books. “It’s amazing because not everyone has a chance to meet a federal judge,” said Zeng, who was one of 12 in a social studies class.

Music teacher Anne McCaslin said the tour was mostly for the children to learn about how the government works and how the federal government interacts with the local government here on the island.

McCaslin said a few of the students like to be involved in law and want to know how court decisions are being made, among other things.

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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