Pacific Judicial Council conference wraps up

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Guam Supreme Court Justice F. Philip Carbullido. says the highest incidences of alcoholism are with lawyers.

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.

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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.