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NMI Supreme Court denies reconsideration

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(Press Release) — On Dec. 18, 2019, the local Supreme Court issued its opinion in “In re Estate of Pangelinan,” denying reconsideration of the order granting late filing and the order to register.

Claimant John S. Pangelinan appealed a number of orders in the probate case. During the course of the appeal, the CNMI Supreme Court granted the Estate of Norberto Eduardo Pangelinan’s motion to late file the response brief in its order granting late filing. After a series of motions and oppositions, the CNMI Supreme Court ordered Pangelinan to register as an electronic filing and service provider user in its order to register. Pangelinan sought reconsideration of the order granting late filing and the order to register.

The CNMI Supreme Court found the estate’s motion to late file the response brief was properly granted under CNMI Supreme Court Rules, but in the future, automatic extensions will be subject to the same “highly disfavored” standard as discretionary extensions when considering motions to late file briefs.

It also mandated electronic filing, service, and registration in appeals to the CNMI Supreme Court.

Therefore, the local high court denied reconsideration because Pangelinan failed to present an intervening change of controlling law, the availability of new evidence, or the need to correct a clear error or prevent manifest injustice.

The high court’s full order is available at http://cnmilaw.org/pdf/supreme/2019-MP-12.pdf

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