More than 100 residents avail themselves of judiciary services

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ON Tuesday morning, over 100 residents lined up outside the judicial building, which was open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. only.

They were there to get a criminal or traffic clearance, renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration or avail themselves of other judicial services that included copies of court documents, court motions or court order certification.

These were requested through the business window of the judiciary building with CNMI Marshals ensuring that individuals observed social-distancing protocols.

The CNMI Marshals gave each customer a number to control the flow of vehicle traffic. The customer then waited for his or her number to be called.

A court staffer told Variety that they stopped giving out numbers at 11 a.m. and the cashier closed once the last number had been called.

The rise in the number of people availing themselves of judicial services was due mainly to the recent announcement of the Department of Public Safety regarding the reopening of its Bureau of Motor Vehicles and highway safety office, but for limited hours only.

Many residents want to renew their expired driver’s license or car/watercraft registration.

The judicial building itself is open on a limited basis only due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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