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EFFECTIVE immediately, the Department of Public Safety will file traffic citations on the File & Serve Express or FSX platform for further processing by Superior Court, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja said in a letter on Thursday.

The letter was addressed to Attorney General Edward E. Manibusan and DPS Commissioner Robert A. Guerrero.

Traffic citations that were processed manually and delivered in person by DPS officers will now be filed online, Judge Naraja added.

“This is a significant step by the courts,” Chief Prosecutor John Bradley said in an email. “All criminal matters are now being accepted for filing electronically. Traffic court was the last area to be added.”

He added, “Although the pandemic has made life more difficult, in this area it has led to an improvement in how court matters are handled. Electronic filing of court documents through this online service expands the access of files to anyone with internet access. The system also makes it easier for the judges and clerks to review and accept documents. Congratulations to the judiciary for taking a huge step forward with technology.”

In the letter, Judge Naraja said Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-ADM-0006-RUL “generally mandates all case types to be electronically filed.”

He said there are two components of the online platforms: the filing side — lodging citation information onto FSX — and the payment portal through NIC wherein online payments may be processed.

He said the first component for e-filing traffic citations would  be launched after DPS officers completed a user training on FSX on Aug. 5.

At a previous meeting, the judge said, two other matters were addressed: which agency, whether DPS or the AG’s office, would file the citations on FSX; and if there are any costs associated with the initial filing.

“It was determined and agreed that DPS, the standard bearer of the citations, will be responsible for filing the traffic citations online and will not incur a fee for such filing,” the judge said.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, “remote access equipment and electronic platforms have become necessary tools in achieving data management efficiencies and promoting health and safety standards,” Judge Naraja said. “FSX has served as and continues to provide the essential electronic filing platform for the judiciary, the NMI Bar and other justice partners.”

 

 

 

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