Chan v. Chan – Case Brief Summary (N.Mariana Islands)

In Chan v. Chan, 2003 MP 5 § 2, 6 N. Mar. I. 542, the Court was asked to find a Rule 54(b) certification improper.

In doing so, the Court held that "a judgment that rules on the issue of liability, but does not resolve whether a plaintiff is entitled to relief expressly prayed for, is not final, and therefore cannot be certified for appeal under Rule 54(b)." Id. at P15.

The trial court had expressly certified its order pursuant to Rule 54(b), and nothing in our opinion can be read to indicate that such an express certification was optional.