Guam – The District Court of Guam launched its celebration of Law Week 2014 a bit early by hosting the members of the 32nd Guam Legislature at the U.S.
Courthouse on Monday, April 21, 2014.
The visiting lawmakers included Vice Speaker Benjamin J. Cruz, Sen. Aline Yamashita, Sen. Tom Ada, Sen. Frank Aguon, Sen. Brant McCreadie, and Sen. Tommy Morrison. Attorney Rodney Jacob, who serves as the court’s lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit, also participated. The senators and judges took this unique opportunity to discuss a wide range of policies and issues of community interest, from incarceration and sentencing to substance abuse and its
[L-R: Sen. Tommy Morrison, Sen. Aline Yamashita, Law Clerk Jane Lee, Law Clerk Dan Terzian, and Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood]
Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood and U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr. introduced the court’s management team during a short
merienda. The lawmakers were then treated to a complete tour of the court’s facilities, including the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office. After meeting U.S. Marshal Frank Leon Guerrero and the staff of the U.S. Marshals Service, the group continued on to the Magistrate courtroom where they were presented with an overview of the work of the court, including case statistics.
Chief Judge Frances Tydingo-Gatewood commented, “It was great to be able to discuss the work of the court with the senators, as well as issues of common concern for the island that we all serve. I don’t think we’ve ever done anything like this before, but I hope we can do it again in the future.”
[L-R: Sen. Tom Ada, Sen. Brant McCreadie, Sen. Tommy Morrison, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr., Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz, and 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative Rodney Jacob. Missing: Sen. Frank Aguon, and Sen. Aline Yamashita.]