Bordallo sworn in as new federal magistrate judge

Family, friends, and colleagues filled the courtroom this morning to witness the swearing-in of the U.S. District Court's newly named Magistrate Judge Michael Bordallo.

After 22 years of judicial experience, Michael Bordallo is now the Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court of Guam.

Family, friends, and colleagues filled the courtroom this morning to witness the swearing-in of the U.S. District Court’s newly named Magistrate Judge Michael Bordallo.

“As I was moving my stuff over from court, ironically enough, in one of the folders I found my speech from when I was sworn in 22 years ago. And the first thing it said was DOC was in a state of crisis, so some things have changed, some things have not quite changed,” Bordallo said.

He added: “Try and get things to be solved before you come to court. We always look at court as the last resort, not the first resort. Don’t look to courts for the solution, you look to courts after you’ve tried everything to solve the problem.”

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An advocate of alternative dispute resolution, Bordallo says he believes that this also applies to the federal court system. He wants to continue that theme in his 8-year tenure with the District Court.

“Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood said I would be doing a lot of settlement conferences and so it’s my job to make sure that she doesn’t have to have trials. So we will work on that,” Bordallo said.

He asked the counsels and staff that come before him in federal court to have patience as he transitions to the U.S. Code of law. But this should not be difficult as Bordallo already has extensive judicial experience.

Bordallo received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1983 and entered his doctorate in 1987 from the University of Notre Dame in Southbend, Indiana. He brings to the court 22 years of judicial experience having sat as the trial court judge for the Superior Court of Guam since March of 1998.

Bordallo was chosen to sit on the federal bench following an extensive selection process.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.