48 U.S. Code § 1824 - Relations between courts of United States and courts of Northern Mariana Islands; applicability of statutory provisions
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(a) The relations between the courts established by the Constitution or laws of the United States and the courts of the Northern Mariana Islands with respect to appeals, certiorari, removal of causes, the issuance of writs of habeas corpus, and other matters or proceedings shall be governed by the laws of the United States pertaining to the relations between the courts of the United States including the Supreme Court of the United States, and the courts of the several States in such matters and proceedings, except as otherwise provided in article IV of the covenant: Provided, That for the first fifteen years following the establishment of an appellate court of the Northern Mariana Islands the United States court of appeals for the judicial circuit which includes the Northern Mariana Islands shall have jurisdiction of appeals from all final decisions of the highest court of the Northern Mariana Islands from which a decision could be had in all cases involving the Constitution, treaties, or laws of the United States, or any authority exercised thereunder, unless those cases are reviewable in the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands pursuant to section 1823 of this title.
(b) Those portions of title 28 which apply to Guam or the District Court of Guam shall be applicable to the Northern Mariana Islands or the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, respectively, except as otherwise provided in article IV of the covenant. The district court established by this subchapter shall be a district court as that term is used in section 3006A of title 18.
Source(Pub. L. 95–157, § 4,Nov. 8, 1977, 91 Stat. 1266; Pub. L. 98–454, title IX, § 904,Oct. 5, 1984, 98 Stat. 1745.)
References in Text
The covenant, referred to in text, is the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, which is contained in section 1 ofPub. L. 94–241, set out as a note under section 1801 of this title.
Section was formerly classified to section 1694c of this title.
1984—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98–454inserted “including the Supreme Court of the United States,” after “courts of the United States” in first sentence.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 98–454effective on ninetieth day following Oct. 5, 1984, see section 1005 ofPub. L. 98–454, set out as a note under section 1424 of this title.
For effective date of this section, see section 1825 of this title and Effective Date of Constitution note thereunder.