Saipan hosts Pacific Judicial Council seminar

THE Pacific Judicial Council is conducting a three-day seminar focusing on technology, research and judicial writing at the Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Guam Supreme Court Associate Justice F. Philip Carbullido. Photo by Bryan Manabat

The event started on Monday, Jan. 14, and will conclude today, Wednesday

The main presenter was Professor Joe Regalia of the Loyola School of Law in Chicago.

Chuuk State Chief Justice Camillo Noket, president of the Pacific Judicial Council, and Perry B. Inos, associate justice of the CNMI Supreme Court, gave brief remarks.

The chairman of the Pacific Judicial Council’s education committee is F. Philip Carbullido, an associate justice of the Guam Supreme Court.

He said the seminar was very specific, relating to legal writing, and other “tools of the trade.”

 “What I am trying to do in terms of this training is expose our judicial officers and lawyers to all the latest technologies that can help us in terms of our productivity and time management,” he added.

“It is just amazing to know the number of software out there that can help us in relation to the work that we do.”

Carbullido said the second part of the training taught participants how to become a better writer. “How do we write better decisions? How do we write better opinions?”

He said it is important not only to know the law, but also to explain it in a manner that that can be best understood by one’s target audience, including the general public.

The Pacific Judicial Council is a “collaborative forum that allows participating judges, justices, and lawyers to share ideas, brain-storm solutions to common challenges in the delivery of justice in the Pacific region.”

 The council consists of the judiciaries of the CNMI, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk, Yap and American Samoa.

Carbullido said their goal is “to provide training to as many people as we can reach.”

In April 2019, he said they will conduct a training for law clerks  in Chuuk.

“That training is in relation to efficient case management, how to interact with the general public and provide better services,” he added.

The next council conference  will be held on Guam in Sept. 2019.

“A large part of that conference — we have not really finalized the program — is going to be centered on personal wellness,” Carbullido said. “We see problems nationwide in terms of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and stress.”

He said the conference on Guam will discuss “how we can be better advocates for our clients even with these stressful jobs that we have; and how we can manage the stress level and still lead normal lives.”