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Inos, Naraja, Govendo receive favorable evaluation from bar association

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CNMI Supreme Court Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo received favorable evaluation from the CNMI Bar Association.

The three are on the retention ballot in this year’s midterm elections.

Thirty-three bar members submitted their evaluations.

 

From left, Perry B. Inos, Roberto C. Naraja, and Kenneth L. Govendo.

“There were 12 areas of which the attorneys had to score the judges, anywhere from 0-5. We calculated the total score per area and divided by number of evaluations received,” said Bar Association executive director Peonie C. Cabrera.

The following scale was used to rate the judge or justice’s performance:

1) Unacceptable. Seldom meets minimum standards of performance.

2) Deficient. Does not always meet minimum standards of performance.

3) Acceptable. Meets minimum standards of performance.

4) Good. Often exceeds minimum standards of performance.

5) Excellent. Consistently exceeds minimum standards of performance.

Judge Govendo received a score above 3.5 for experience, integrity, professional competence, judicial temperament, attentiveness, control over judicial proceedings, and judicial management skills.

Presiding Judge Naraja also received a score above 3.5 for experience, integrity, professional competence, judicial temperament, service to the law and contribution to the effective administration of justice, preparation, attentiveness, judicial management skills, courtesy to litigants, counsel, and court personnel.

Justice Inos likewise received a score above 3.5 for experience, integrity, professional competence, judicial temperament, preparation, attentiveness, control over judicial proceedings, courtesy to litigants, counsel, and court personnel.

It is the first time that 54-year-old Justice Inos, who was appointed to the high court in 2013, is seeking retention as justice. He was appointed as judge in 2008 and was retained in 2012.

Voters retained Presiding Judge Naraja, 65, in 2007 and 2014. He was appointed judge in 2001.

Judge Govendo, 75, was appointed in 2003 and was retained in 2007 and 2014.

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