KSC, TITLE 6.  THE JUDICIARY
 
Part II.  Organization
 
Chapter 11.  Proceedings

Section 6.1101.  Proceedings.
Section 6.1102.  Publication of final decisions and opinions.
Section 6.1103.  Seal.
Section 6.1104.  Contempt.

      Section 6.1101.  Proceedings.
       Court proceedings are public, except when otherwise ordered by the Court for good cause.

Cross reference:
The constitutional provisions on the Judiciary are found in Kosrae Const., Art. VI.

      Section 6.1102.  Publication of final decisions and opinions.
       The Court publishes a final decision and opinion in cases taken under submission and in cases which establish new legal precedent, except small claims matters and criminal cases where a guilty plea is offered. The Court may in its discretion publish a final decision and opinion in any matter.

Background
Amended by State Law 4-42.

      Section 6.1103.  Seal.
       The Court has a seal for authentication of Court documents.

      Section 6.1104.  Contempt.

     (1)  In an adjudication of contempt:

     (a)  The Court gives a person accused of civil contempt written notice of the charge and an opportunity to defend.  The Court may order the incarceration of a person found guilty of civil contempt until he complies with the Court's order or pays an amount set by the Court to compensate an injured party, or both;

     (b)  The Court gives a person accused of criminal contempt written notice of the charge and an opportunity to defend. The Court does not impose a sentence of imprisonment or a fine greater than $100 unless it affords the accused written notice of the charge, a speedy public trial, and the opportunity to confront the witnesses against him, to compel the attendance of witness, to have counsel and to be released on bail pending adjudication of the charge.  The Court makes a charge of contempt within three months of the alleged contempt and does not charge a person twice for the same alleged contempt.  The Court may summarily punish a contempt committed in its presence.

     (2)  A contemner may appeal a judgment of contempt.  The Court may stay sentence pending appeal.  A stay of a sentence of imprisonment occurs automatically unless the Court determines with written findings of fact that a stay would cause an immediate obstruction of justice.  A contemner may appeal a denial of a stay of imprisonment.

Cross reference:
The constitutional provisions on the Judiciary are found in Kosrae Const., Art. VI.