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  • FSM SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
    VOLUMES 1 TO 10
     Bulletin:  The Honorable Andon L. Amaraich, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia passed away on January 28, 2010.  A tribute to the legacy of the late Chief Justice Amaraich written by Associate Justice Dennis Yamase is posted here.

       The decisions of the FSM Supreme Court and selected decisions of the state courts of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap are published in the 16 volumes of the FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporter.  From this page you can access the decisions of the first 10 volumes.  To access volumes 10 to 16 click here.

     
         The FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporter citation format for FSM Supreme Court decisions is as follows:  Name of the case (underlined), _______ FSM Intrm. _______ (State or Appellate Division; Year). Examples are as follows:  Trial Division - FSM v. Boaz (I), 1 FSM Intrm. 22, (Pon. 1981); Appellate Division - Alaphanso v. FSM, 1 FSM Intrm. 209, (App. 1982).  Selected state court decisions are also included.  Their citations are distinguished by the designation "S. Ct." after the name of the state and either "App." or "Tr." to designate the appellate or trial division of the state court, respectively.
     
        The opinions set forth on the Legal Information System (LIS) track the exact page numbering citation format of the cases as they appear in the FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporters, volumes 1 to 16.  These page number designations can be used for reference and citation purposes.
     
       Any discrepancies in the content of these opinions should be resolved in favor of the official hard copy printed version of the FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporter, as published by the FSM Supreme Court.  Certain word processing characters such as dashes and quotation marks may not have translated cleanly into "html" format and may appear as underline marks and periods, respectively.  Also certain formats such as indents, tabs, and block quotes may not have translated from the word processing document into the "html" format.  Please see the Disclaimer page of this web site for more information.
     
         A Digest to FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporters is available in Adobe Acrobat "pdf" format.  Go to the Digest of Decisions page to access the downloads of the Digest.  An Updator to "shepardize" FSM Supreme Court opinions is also available in  Acrobat "pdf" format.  The updator designates decisions that are overruled or reversed, as well as provides other information on a decision.  A Table of Cases listing all cases in the FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporters are also available in Acrobat "pdf".  Simply click on the aforementioned links to access these documents in "pdf" format. Both Updator (118 pages) and Table of Cases (45 pages) are rather large documents that that may be more efficiently utilized in hard copy format.
     
    Recently Issued Decisions Bulletin
     
       The following are selected recently issued decisions of the FSM Supreme Court posted here prior to their publication in the FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporter and on the LIS website.  These cases may have already been assigned Interim Reporter page citation numbers.  To see if they have please refer to Vol. 12 or 13 of the Interim Reporter.  These opinions are posted here in Adobe Acrobat "pdf" format.  If a case does not have FSM Interim Reporter page numbers they may be cited to as slip opinions citing to the page numbers as set forth in the opinions.
     
  • Livaie v. Weilbacher, Appeal Case No. K1-2003 (App. 2004) (Contracts; restitution)
  • State of Chuuk v. Menry Davis, Appeal Case No. C2-2003 (App. 2005) (Writ of garnishment for civil rights judgment) 
  • Goya v. Ramp, Appeal Case No. P6-2003 (App. 2004) (Pending petitions for disqualification and rehearing) (Denial of extension of time to file appeal)
  • Nikichiw v. Marsolo, Original Action Case No. 02-2004 (Chk. App. 2004) (Writ of prohibition) 
  • Jano v. FSM, Appeal Case No. P3-2000 (App. 2004) (Nat'l Gov't authority to regulate firearms)
  • Urusemal v. Capelle, Appeal Case No. P1-2004 (App. 2004) (Standing; mandamus; constitutionality of 4 FSMC 104(2))
  • Sigrah v. Kosrae, Appeal Case No. K2-2002 (App. 2004) (Legislative privilege; search and seizure)
  • Panuelo v. Amayo, Appeal Case No. P4-2001 (App. 2004) (Notice and hearing; due process)
  • FSM Dept. of Finance, et al. v. Udot Municipality, Appeal Case No. C2-2001 (Chk. 2001) (Separation of powers; standing; private attorney general basis for award of attorney fees and costs)
  • McIlrath et al. v. Amaraich, Appeal Case No. P9-2002 (Pon. 2002)
  • 8th Kosrae Legislature v. FSM Development Bank, Civil Action No. 2003-2000 (Kos. 2003) (Standing)
  • Rodriguez v. Bank of the FSM, 11 FSM Intrm. 367 (App. 2003) (Imprisonment for debt; involuntary servitude)
  • FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporter

        A listing of the FSM Supreme Court Interim Reporter volumes and the cases included within them follows.  Simply click on a volume of the reporter series and then click on a case to go the first page of the opinion on that case. If you would like to view cases by topic, click on the Digest of Decisions (under construction) below.


    Digest of Decisions (under construction)
     
    VOLUME 1 -- 1 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 2 -- 2 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 3 -- 3 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 4 -- 4 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 5 -- 5 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 6 -- 6 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 7 -- 7 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 8 -- 8 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 9 -- 9 FSM Intrm: VOLUME 10 -- 10 FSM Intrm: