Need for additional judicial officers stressed

by Mindy Fothergill, KUAM News
Thursday, November 09, 2006

Proposed legislation was sent to lawmakers today as the chief justice of the Supreme Court has requested additional judicial officers to meet the demand of increasing litigation filed with the court, with Chief Justice Philip Carbullido submitting the measure to Judiciary Committee chair Senator Robert Klitzkie (R). The legislation specifically seeks authorization for the appointment of subordinate judicial officers that will assist in matters that come before the Superior Court, such as small claims and traffic cases.

The legislation is in lieu of the court hiring another judge for the bench. Chief Justice Carbullido says the island's judiciary needs the legislation passed to "meet current demands and be prepared for future demands which are right around the corner."

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