KESKE S. MARAR, Associate Justice:
This case comes before the Court after notice and trial on Plaintiff's action for ejectment, injunctive relief and declaratory judgment. The dispute arises out of the issue of ownership of tidelands known as Nemonupwun, situated at the shoreline of Mechitiw Village, Weno, Chuuk State.
The Plaintiff's claim of ownership of the area in question is based on an alleged inheritance or gift from her father, Keybond Stanley. It is a well settled rule of law that for the Plaintiff to succeed, she must come forward with a preponderance of creditable evidence to establish the authenticity of the document upon which her claim is based. Upon consideration of all the testimony and the circumstances surrounding the document offered to establish her claim, the Court finds that the Plaintiff has not met the necessary burden of proof.
The proper execution and acknowledgment of the affidavit offered by Plaintiff to prove her claim is highly suspect in that the Plaintiff's father, whom she claims gave the property to her, did not appear in person before the Clerk of Court when the document was signed by him. Also, there was conflicting evidence presented in court by the Plaintiff at which place or where the document was signed on October 14, 1997.
The Court finds that the tidelands in question were never properly divided during the lifetime of the Plaintiff's father. The logical conclusion is that the tidelands remain lineage or family property according to Chuukese tradition and custom. Hence they cannot be transferred without the consent of all male adults of the lineage which is now headed by the Defendant Rochon Stanley. Thus the tidelands may now be subject only to the traditional rights of Afokur as consented to by the Defendant, Rochon Stanley.
Based on the foregoing, the Court finds that the Plaintiff has failed to meet the burden of proof to establish any rights to the tidelands in question and that the Plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction, writ of ejectment and declaratory judgment is due to be denied, and it is so ordered.
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