The 2019 biennial conference of the Pacific Judicial Council wrapped up last week after four days of bringing practical tools to the everyday work experience of judicial officers and lawyers.
It’s all about increasing knowledge in a stressful work environment as judicial officers and lawyers attempt to better understand the individuals that enter the system.
“On Monday, we had trauma training and that is just to be more sensitive to victims and also defendants who come in. We want to know the reasons behind their actions. We also had one on mindfulness,” said Guam Supreme Court Justice F. Philip Carbullido.
Carbullido says the highest incidences of alcoholism are with lawyers and they want to bring more hands-on practical training to their lawyers and judicial officers.
But educating judicial officers and lawyers does not end with the conclusion of the PJC.
“I just want to put a plug in that we just hired a new judicial educator in the judiciary branch and so I’m going to look at that person also doing some follow-up education in reference to these issues,” Carbullido said.