CNMI federal court's funding to dries up during shutdown

2:50 pm on 16 January 2019

The impact of the US government shutdown has reached the Northern Marianas with the US District Court for the commonwealth saying it only has funding until Friday.

The U.S. District Court of the NMI building

The U.S. District Court of the NMI building Photo: RNZ Pacific / Mark Rabago

District Court Chief Judge Ramona Mangloña said the US Judiciary has managed to cobble together sufficient funds to keep the District Court operating but only until this Friday.

She said after that day the court would be getting guidance from their administrative office.

However, even with the shutdown, Ms Mangloña said the federal court would not be closed because of people's constitutional rights .

The current federal government partial shutdown is the longest in US history.

It was reported last Monday that about 800,000 federal government workers missed paychecks last week.

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