Saipan hosts Pacific Judicial Council conference

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THE Pacific Judicial Council is holding a three-day conference at Fiesta Resort & Spa that includes presentations by fellows with the American College of Trial Lawyers on best practices in handling trials and appeals.

The conference started Monday and will conclude today, Wednesday.

Guam Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido, who is the council’s education committee chairman, said the American College of Trial Lawyers or ACTL is a “premier association for lawyers across the U.S. whose members are accomplished lawyers.”

He added, “So, we have 10 fellows from the college that will be presenting on various parts of trial work…. They’re here to impart their knowledge and experience in reference to best practices of handling a trial in criminal and civil [cases].”

Being a trial lawyer involves tremendous work, Carbullido said, “and it requires a lot of skill for you to do a very effective job for your client.”

He is hoping that “members of the bar here realize the benefit that they will receive as a result of attending the conference and hearing from some of the best trial lawyers in America.”

Attorneys and legal staffers from the U.S. and Micronesia attend the 2020 Pacific Judicial Council Conference at Fiesta Resort & Spa.  Photos by Bryan Manabat

The Pacific Judicial Council is a collaborative forum that allows participating judges, justices, and lawyers to share ideas and brainstorm 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.

The conference topics on Saipan also included scientific evidence, search and seizure, human trafficking, and international crime law.

Carbullido said he tries to make the topics relevant to the events that are happening in the region.

“I didn’t focus on any particular aspect of ‘trial’ — I tried to make it broad for lawyers who focus on domestic law and family violence. We have human trafficking lawyers who focused on criminal defense and prosecution, and also…high-profile criminal trials.”

At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, attorney Bruce Maloy of the Maloy Jenkins Parker law firm in Atlanta, Georgia will present on the topic, “Prosecution and Defense of Public Figures.”

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