Guam – The Guam Judiciary’s Judicial Council will be meeting Thursday to vote on a plan of action that includes reducing court operation hours, among other budget cutting measures.
Court Spokesman Josh Tenorio tells PNC that the Judiciary is facing a $1.7 million dollar shortfall.
So far they have identified reducing that shortfall by about $900-thousand dollars. Though not much of a solution, it includes reducing work hours by having the courts close an hour early from Tuesday to Friday every week.
If adopted, the 36-hour work week will go into effect in May next year, unless, Tenorio says, the Administration or the Guam Legislature steps in.
Tenorio says the Judiciary is also planning to introduce a court interpreter registry program. Tenorio says this will help Judges obtain and retain interpreters, something the court is struggling to do right now under the current system.
The Council meeting will be held at the Supreme Court of Guam at 12 noon.