Supreme Court of Guam

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Supreme Court of Guam
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The Guam Judicial Center; the Supreme Court of Guam is on the third floor of the building
Established 1996 (18 years ago)
Country Guam Guam, United States United States
Location Hagatna, Guam
Authorized by Organic Act of Guam
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of the United States
Number of positions 3
Website Supreme Court of Guam
Chief Justice of Guam
Currently Robert J. Torres, Jr.
Since January 21, 2014

The Supreme Court of Guam is the highest judicial body of the United States territory of Guam. The Court hears all appeals from the Superior Court of Guam and is subject to original jurisdiction only in cases where a certified question is submitted to it by a U.S. Federal Court, the Governor of Guam, or the Guam Legislature. The Supreme Court of Guam is the ultimate judicial authority on local matters, and an appeal of its decisions can only be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.[citation needed] The Court sits in the Monessa G. Lujan Memorial Courtroom, which is on the third floor of the Guam Judicial Center in Hagatna, Guam

Structure[edit]

The Court is composed of three justices who are appointed by the Governor of Guam and confirmed by the Guam Legislature. Justices serve for terms of good behavior, subject to a retention election every ten years after his/her appointment. The three justices issue judgment on all cases brought before them. They all sit on the Judicial Council of Guam, which is ultimately in charge of the administration of the Guam Judiciary.

Current Justices[edit]

The current justices of the Supreme Court of Guam are:

  • The Honorable Robert J. Torres, Jr. – Chief Justice (also served as Chief Justice from January 2008 to January 2011)
  • The Honorable Katherine A. Maraman – Associate Justice
  • The Honorable F. Philip Carbullido – Associate Justice (served as Chief Justice from January 2003 to January 2008, and from January 2011 to January 2014)

The justice's full biographies can be found at the Supreme Court's website

List of Chief Justices[edit]

Name Term
Peter C. Siguenza, Jr. 1996–1999

2001–2003

Benjamin J.F. Cruz 1999–2001
Robert J. Torres, Jr. 2008–2011
2014–present
F. Philip Carbullido 2003–2008
2011–2014

Retired Justices[edit]

Name Sworn in Appointed by Retired Judicial Positions Currently
Hon. Peter Charles Siguenza, Jr. April 21, 1996 Carl T.C. Gutierrez August 31, 2001 Chief Justice of Guam (1996–1999; 2001–2003); Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam (1999–2001); Judge of the Superior Court of Guam (1984–1996) Retired
Hon. Janet Healey Weeks April 21, 1996 Carl T.C. Gutierrez April 30, 1999 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam (1996–1999); Judge of the Superior Court of Guam (1975–1996) Retired
†Hon. Monessa G. Lujan April 21, 1996 Carl T.C. Gutierrez †March 15, 1997 Associate Justice (1996–1997) In Memorium
Hon. Benjamin J.F. Cruz October 13, 1997 Carl T.C. Gutierrez August 31, 2001 Chief Justice of Guam (1999–2001); Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam (1997–1999); Judge of the Superior Court of Guam (1984–1997) Vice Speaker, I Mina' Trentai Dos Na Lihislaturan Guahan
Hon. Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood February 8, 2002 Felix P. Camacho October 29, 2006 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam (2002–2006); Judge of the Superior Court of Guam (1994–2001) Chief Judge, United States District Court of Guam

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