Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson to Retire


Guam –  Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido announced the retirement of Superior Court of Guam Judge Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson effective Friday, March 30, 2012.


Judge Barrett-Anderson tendered her notice of retirement in a letter received yesterday by Chief Justice Carbullido. Chief Justice Carbullido will now initiate the process to certify a judicial vacancy and call for an appointment of a successor by Governor Eddie Baza Calvo.

“Judge Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson has made a remarkable contribution to improve and modernize Guam’s Judicial System. She has been at the forefront of the therapeutic court approach to addressing alcohol and substance abuse and the social problems behind the crimes being committed in our community. We are indebted for her years of public service.” said Chief Justice Carbullido.

Judge Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson was sworn-in on April 14, 1998 as a Superior Court of Guam Judge. Her contribution to the Guam Judiciary includes her work with Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III in developing the Guam’s Therapeutic Court approach to address Family Violence, Drug & Alcohol Related Crimes, and Juvenile Justice.

She is credited with the creation of the Driving While Influenced (DWI) Court and the rules of procedure and practice in the field of domestic violence. Judge Barrett-Anderson has been recognized nationally for this work in the past, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Federal Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice.

Prior to her appointment by Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez, Barrett-Anderson served as a member of the 23rd and 24th Guam Legislatures, Attorney General of Guam during the Administration of Governor Joseph F. Ada (1987-1994), and Legal Counsel to the Guam Department of Education (1981-1985).

Judge Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson is a proud graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Class of 1971, and in 2004 was invested into the Academy of Our Lady Hall of Fame. She received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1979, where she is honored at the University of Santa Clara Hall of Judges.