Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Katherine Maraman elected as new Chief Justice

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A new Chief Justice has been elected, and on January 17, Chief Justice Robert Torres will be passing the torch to Associate Justice Katherine Maraman.

Guam - A press release from the Judiciary of Guam announced that the justices of the Supreme Court had an election and have selected Justice Katherine Maraman to take the helm — the first woman to hold the position in the Supreme Court of Guam.

Chief Justice Robert Torres, who served in two separate three-year terms as Chief Justice, told PNC that he's proud of the indelible mark he left on the Judiciary during his tenure. "There's been a lot of transformation undertaken with the court. We've done a complete juvenile justice reform effort," Torres said. "Now, we've reduced the number of detainees to DYA to probably more of an average of between 30 and 40, we've provided a lot of different services for the youth that didn't exist before. I'm going to miss leading them as the Chief Justice, but I'm confident with Justice Maraman's leadership abilities. We can only serve as Chief Justice for 3 years, and you can't succeed yourself, and so I'm looking forward to Justice Maraman's tenure as well as Chief Justice. It's a fine institution and really the best branch of government."

Meanwhile, Justice Maraman was instrumental in establishing a mental health docket, and worked with many agencies to create a therapeutic court structure. One of the main things she will tackle as Chief Justice is the restoration of the Historical Courthouse and the relocation of the Supreme Court.

"One of the things that I'm concerned about is maintaining efficient operations in the midst of all the construction work that's going to be going on," Maraman told PNC. "We're about halfway through implementing our strategic plan, which we did about a year and a half ago. So, there's projects underway to improve the efficiency of the court, how trials are scheduled, looking at our information systems and our court management through use of computers. So, there's some serious work being done by various committees in the court. So, I want to see that through as well."

Maraman will be taking her oath as Chief Justice on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. in the Judiciary of Guam Atrium.

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