Article published May 2, 2006
Carbullido: Justice system needs 'tools'
The courts of Guam have upgraded technology and started new programs
in the past year, but they will need additional money to keep up with
the demands of the island's growing community, said Supreme Court Chief
Justice Phillip Carbullido.
Gov. Felix Camacho, senators, judges, attorneys, court staff and students were among those who listened as Carbullido described the improvements at the island's local courts.
Handling about 10,000 cases last year, offering adult and juvenile drug court programs and working toward an electronic case filing system were a few of the achievements Carbullido highlighted.
But, to keep improving the Judiciary's services, the third branch of government will need more money to buy "tools," Carbullido said.
"When we present our budget to the Legislature, we will not be asking for funding to hire more people to respond to the increased workload," Carbullido said. "What we will be asking instead is to give our bench and our court staff the tools to be efficient ... tools to stay abreast of the rapid changes in court technology."
The "tools" the Judiciary will be asking for include computer equipment for the staff and additional vehicles, said the court's Judiciary Policy Director Dan Tydingco.
With those tools, the court can improve their efficiency and continue
or expand its therapeutic programs and specialty courts for crimes involving
drugs, family violence and defendants with mental disabilities.
Republican Sen. Robert Klitzkie, R-Yigo, who has legislative oversight
of the courts, said he has been working with the Judiciary on legislation
regarding the felony court proceedings standard and will introduce the
legislation in a few days.
University of Guam student Godfrey Mostales, 26, said he thought Carbullido painted a bright future for the judicial system on Guam.
Mostales said he is glad Guam's Sex Offender Registry has been updated within the past year, but he would like to see more efforts in the construction of a new crime lab.
"Hopefully (the Judiciary) will work with the other branches of government to improve our island," Mostales said.
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