GCO 1997-1

January 17, 1997

ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES
FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICE BEFORE
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

     The Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, pursuant to the Chief Justice's rulemaking authority under FSM Const. art. XI, 9(c), hereby issues the following amendments to the Rules for Admission to Practice previously adopted by this Court.  The amendments adopted by this General Court Order supplant and/or modify those previously adopted rules and apply to any applications to practice and bar examination conducted after their effective date.  All members of the FSM Supreme Court Bar are encouraged to examine these rules carefully.

     NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the amendments to the Rules for Admission to Practice are hereby adopted effective February 1, 1997.  The rules govern all applications for admission to practice and bar examinations conducted after their effective date.

Paragraph one of FSM Adm. R. II(A)(1) as amended shall read as follows:

Bar Membership Standard - The applicant shall submit to the Court a certificate of good standing establishing that the applicant is in good standing as an attorney eligible to practice law before the highest court in all jurisdiction(s), other than those within the Federated States of Micronesia, in which the applicant is, or has been, licensed to practice.

     Paragraph one of the FSM Adm. R. II(D) as amended shall read as follows:

All applications for written examination or reexamination shall be filed, with supporting documents and application fee of twenty five ($25.00) dollars, in the offices of the FSM Supreme Court in Pohnpei at least 30 days prior to the date scheduled for the written examination, although, upon showing of good cause the Court may permit filing of applications and documents after that time.

     Paragraph three of FSM Adm. R. II(D) as amended shall read as follows:

Any otherwise qualified applicant shall be permitted to take an unlimited number of examinations until such person has successfully completed the entire examination.  An applicant who fails any section(s) of the examination shall be required to take all remaining section(s), not previously passed, at any subsequent reexamination.

     FSM Adm. R. III entitled Admission Through Reciprocity is vacated.

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