U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has announced the appointment of Michael J. Bordallo to the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the District Court of Guam.
Bordallo recently stepped down from his position as Judge for the Superior Court of Guam.
He has 22 years of judicial experience, having sat as a trial court judge for the Superior Court of Guam since March of 1998.
A Merit Selection Panel made up of attorneys and community members were appointed to review all applications and recommend to the court the candidates best qualified to serve as magistrate judge.
The duties of a magistrate judge are demanding and wide-ranging in both civil and criminal cases.
As the sole magistrate judge in a district with only one district judge, the magistrate judge plays a crucial role in the management of the court’s caseload.
Bordallo will be assigned to a broad range of both civil and criminal case duties. He will handle all felony proceedings and pretrial management of felony cases, including all felony guilty plea proceedings. He will also have to issue reports and recommendations in supervised release and probation revocation proceedings.
As a Guam jurist, Bordallo chaired the Guam judiciary’s Juvenile Justice Reform Focus Area on Court Language and served as co-chairperson of the Guam judiciary’s subcommittees on Civil Jury Instructions and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
He co-chaired the Judiciary’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan Focus Area on Access to Courts and Delivery of Services which focused on improving pro se litigants’ access to the courts and served on the Guam Board of Law Examiners Drafting and Grading Committee.
Bordallo has been an advocate of alternative dispute resolution, he began a program referring civil cases to mediation.
He previously served as President of the Board of Trustees for the Guam Law Library.
Prior to joining the Guam judiciary, Judge Bordallo was a private practitioner for nine years and served as an Assistant Attorney General for Guam.
Bordallo believes in remaining a part of the community and has been actively involved in the local soccer organization, having served as its President, Vice President, and General Secretary. He currently serves as Chairman of its Disciplinary Committee and as a Match Commissioner for the American Football Conference (AFC) and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Bordallo received a B.B.A. in 1983 and a J.D. in 1987 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
He is married to Carla Benito Bordallo and they have three children.