Judiciary of Guam making more cuts to get through fiscal year


Guam – The Judiciary of Guam is making more cuts to ensure that they are able to get through this fiscal year.

Based on the Scheduled allotments to fund court operations, the Judiciary of Guam is implementing the following cost saving measures immediately which according to the Administrator of the Courts John Lizama, will ensure that the Judiciary will get through the fiscal year without jeopardizing their commitment to justice.

The measures include a freeze on all vacant positions, suspension of 60-percent of all staff development funding, implementation of the Judiciary Energy Conservation plan. Then on April 1st the court will eliminate the preparation fee for contract counselors and suspend purchases for drug testing kits not federally funded, ammunition and supplies, law enforcement equipment and supplies, and miscellaneous supplies. As well as the suspension of cellular service and data reimbursement.

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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.