FSM Congress Approves Dennis K. Yamase as FSM Supreme Court Chief Justice

Palikir, Pohnpei. On July 17, 2015, the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia during its First Special Session approved the Presidential appointment of Mr. Dennis K. Yamase to serve as the Chief Justice of the Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court. Congressional Resolution No. 19-28 confirms the Presidential nomination of Mr. Yamase to serve as the new Chief Justice for the highest court in the nation. A detailed report from the Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (J&GO) may be found in Congressional Standing Committee Report No. 19-25. The J&GO’s report recommending approval of the nomination emphasized the comprehensive educational and work experience of Mr. Yamase stressing the critical roles he has had on developing jurisprudence in the nation, and the Micronesian region. Soon to be Chief Justice Yamase is a 1982 graduate of the Univeristy of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. Prior to this recent appointment, Mr. Yamase served as a Senior Associate Justice for nearly 12 years in the FSM Supreme Court. Previously, he had also served as the Executive Director of the Law Revision Commission with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for about 15 years. He also has other previous legal experiences that included serving as the Senior Legislative Counsel for ROP’s Senate of the Olbiil Era Kelulau, the Legislative Counsel of the FSM Congress, and a legal staff for the 1990 FSM Constitutional Convention. Some of the confirmed nominee’s more recent work includes the FSM Legal Information System (LIS), a free legal research website which encompasses the FSM National and State laws for ease of access. This material has been recently incorporated into the FSM Supreme Court website, inclusive of his most recent project – the 2014 edition of the FSM Code Annotated. Prior to Mr. Yamase’s confirmation, Acting Chief Justice Ready Johnny was appointed by then President Mori to fill the vacancy of the Office of the Chief Justice previously held by the late Chief Justice Martin G. Yinug. A swear-in ceremony for the approved nominee will soon be organized by the FSM Supreme Court for Mr. Yamase to take his oath of office as the Chief Justice of the FSM Supreme Court. For more information on this and other Congressional Resolutions of the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, please visit www.fsmcongress.fm.

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