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AG’s report highlights achievements, challenges

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THE Office of the Attorney General “performed remarkably notwithstanding the challenges in meeting the demands of the government for legal services” especially “at a time when the Commonwealth is in the middle of public health crises,” Attorney General Edward Manibusan said in a report to the Legislature.

“We have gone through many crises. I am confident that our Commonwealth will endure this event again, but only by working hard and with an eye dedicated to the rule of law.”

As for 2019, he said it was highlighted by a number of favorable decisions from CNMI Supreme Court and Superior Court in both criminal and civil cases.

“All of the activities and excellent performance by the office in 2019 were done because of the shared vision of all of the employees and staff of the Office of the Attorney General,” Manibusan said.

The AG’s office lists these key initiatives in 2020:

  • Continue to support all law enforcement through meeting and training by means of an academy in service.
  • Focus on illegal business practices that hurt consumers and other businesses.
  • Continue to foster a non-partisan position on all matters brought to our attention.
  • Continue to work towards the completion of the CNMI’s first child support guidelines.
  • Continue to promote and ensure an open and transparent government.
  • Continue to improve/strengthen the Criminal Code.
  • Continue to work on new procurement regulations for the government and provide training to agencies.
  • Continue to implement consumer awareness programs and investigate consumer complaints.
  • Continue to explore solutions to mental health issues in the criminal justice system.
  • Continue to collaborate with the Department of Public Safety and the Division of Youth Services to address juvenile delinquency issues in the Commonwealth.
  • Continue to collaborate with other jurisdictions to expand resource activities to combat illegal drugs and criminal activity in the CNMI.

 

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