Local courts have scaled back operations in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and slow the spread of the disease.
The fourth updated order was issued in light of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero placing the island back to PCOR1 — a direct response to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases on island.
While PCOR1 is in place until the end of the month, the courthouse will remain open to conduct court business but it will not be open to the public.
Administrative Order 20-392 orders “all court facilities– including the Guam Judicial Center in Hagåtña, the San Ramon Temporary Courtroom, the Northern Court Satellite in Dededo, the offices of the Probation Services Division, and the Judicial Education Center — closed to the general public, except where entry is required to address essential matters that cannot be resolved remotely.”
In addition to this, court matters will continue to be scheduled and heard including magistrate proceedings writs of habeas corpus, probation pre-trial service to name a few.
Meanwhile, criminal and civil trials, new grand jury empanelment, weekend sentences at DOC have been postponed until after August 31st. You can read administrative order 20-392 on the JOG website.