7 Member Panel to Review Reappointment of U.S. Magistrate’s Judge Manibusan


Guam – The District Court of Guam announces that, pursuant to federal law, seven members of the island’s community have been named to consider the reappointment U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr., and to submit a recommendation to Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood.

The panel consists of Frederick Black, G. Patrick Civille, John Gorman, Elyze McDonald Iriarte, Jeni Shimizu, Perry Taitano and Howard Trapp.

Magistrate Judge Manibusan is the island’s first federal Magistrate Judge, and his current term will expire on February 8, 2012. His duties as a magistrate include conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, presiding over trials and dispositions of misdemeanor cases and in civil cases upon the consent of the parties. He also presides over various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge.

Members of the Guam Bar Association, the federal bar, and the general public are invited to submit written comments to the panel regarding their recommendation. Submissions shall be delivered or mailed to:

Jeanne G. Quinata
Clerk of Court 4th Floor,
U.S. Courthouse District Court of Guam
520 West Soledad Ave.
Hagatna, GU 96910

Comments must be received by the Clerk’s Office by July 13, 2011