9 Aug 2006

Judiciary in CNMI wants new fees

1:31 pm on 9 August 2006

The CNMI Judiciary wants to increase its court fees and start charging for some free services.

The proposed fee schedule was submitted to the Legislature for approval last Friday.

It will take effect 60 days after submission unless disapproved by either the Senate or the House of Representatives.

Some existing charges would increase by 17 percent while other fees would more than double and would apply to both the Supreme and Superior Courts.

The Saipan Tribune reports the move comes in the wake of the government's financial woes and cuts to the Judiciary budget.