Jose C. Mafnas, Plaintiff-appellant,theodore R. Mitchell, Appellant, v. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Robert A.hefner, Defendants-appellees.jose C. Mafnas, Petitioner-appellant,theodore R. Mitchell, Respondent-appellant, v. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Robert A.hefner, Respondents-appellees, 951 F.2d 360 (9th Cir. 1991)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 951 F.2d 360 (9th Cir. 1991) Argued and Submitted Dec. 9, 1991. Decided Dec. 13, 1991

Before ALDISERT* , GOODWIN and NOONAN, Circuit Judges.

ORDER** 

Jose C. Mafnas and Theodore R. Mitchell appeal the award of sanctions against them by the Appellate Division of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands. Due process requires that before the imposition of sanctions there be notice and opportunity to be heard. Tom Growney Equipment, Inc. v. Shelley Irrigation Development, Inc., 834 F.2d 833 (9th Cir. 1987). The record does not show that the appellants had the opportunity to be heard before the court determined their liability to sanctions. Accordingly, the order of the Appellate Division is

REVERSED AND REMANDED.


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The Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, sitting by designation

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This disposition is not appropriate for publication and may not be cited to or by the courts of this circuit except as provided by Ninth Cir.R. 36-3