Local courts scale back operations and restrict entry

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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.

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Jolene Toves
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.