Guam – The Superior Court of Guam’s Judicial Council Thursday unanimously voted to authorize the Administrator of the Courts to bring an action against the Department of Administration [DOA] for a writ of mandamus compelling the Director to make the monthly deposits of the appropriations due to the Judiciary of Guam for Fiscal Year 2011.
According to a release from the Judiciary of Guam, as of November 30th, the Judiciary should have received more than $1.8 million dollars. But as of Thursday, DOA has only remitted $100-thousand dollars to the Judiciary.
“The Judiciary is mindful of the dire financial straits of the Government of Guam and management has long implemented significant cost-cutting measures in or5der to ensure that constitutionally mandated services remain uninterrupted. However, with only $100,000 having been received from DOA for Fiscal Year 2011, the Judiciary faces payless paydays, shortened workweeks, or outright furloughs.”
Public Law 30-177 requires the Director of Administration to deposit into a bank account designated by the Judiciary, on the last day of each month, a percentage amount based on the total revenues collected ion the previous month. The law makes the monthly deposits to the Judiciary a purely ministerial duty of the Director and, therefore, failure to remit payments as mandated constitutes grounds for a writ.
Furthermore, as of today [Thursday] December 9th, $5.1 million dollars is due the Judiciary under the current allotment schedule for the first quarter of the 2011 Fiscal year.