Yinug sworn in as FSM chief justice

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:00AM – Press Release


PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSMIS/Yap State Government) — Martin G. Yinug was sworn in as chief justice by President Manny Mori at the FSM Supreme Court here in Palikir.

Yinug has been the acting chief justice for the FSM Supreme Court soon after the passing of his immediate predecessor, Andon L. Amaraich, on Jan. 28, 2010.

Yinug was nominated to the post by Mori in March 2010 and was confirmed by the FSM Congress on Aug. 2, 2010 in a unanimous vote.

A native son of Yap, Yinug was born on Oct. 18, 1949. He pursued and obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science at the San Francisco State University in 1972 and his J.D. in 1980 from the Catholic University of America Law School in Washington, D.C.

Upon returning home in 1972, Yinug worked as an administrative assistant for the Yap delegation to the Congress of Micronesia and served as an interpreter to the state’s delegation to the Micronesian Constitutional Convention in 1975 before embarking on his second educational pursuit in the United States. This would give him a decisive footing in the field of law and the court system in Micronesia not too many years afterward.

His two years leadership of the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in Yap from 1980 to 1982 was succeeded by a six-year tenure at the Yap State Legislature where he served as the legal counsel from 1982 to 1988.

His last stint at state level spanned another four years in the capacity of associate justice that ended in Jan. 1992 when he was appointed to the same capacity but in a wider jurisdiction — the FSM Supreme Court.

Yinug has been the longest serving justice on the bench in the FSM, the first native son to be seated as such, and now the third to ascend this highest leadership role in this branch after Edward C. King and. Amaraich.

In his remarks, Yinug assured the nation that the FSM Supreme Court would do its best in “administering justice by upholding and interpreting the laws in accordance with the FSM Constitution and sound principles of the rule of law” — a direct quote from the mission statement for this branch of government in FSM.

He said the administration of justice “is a very expensive commodity,” as he appealed to the other two branches of the FSM national government to properly equip the court system so that its mandated roles in rendering justice and resolving disputes can be upheld “in a timely manner.”

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