by Mindy Aguon
Guam - "Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges" is the theme of this year's Law Week celebration, which begins on Saturday. Chief Justice Robert Torres says the theme is significant for Guam because of the island's history over the years and the cultural and legal traditions ingrained in the island's judicial system.
The emerging challenges focused on the military buildup and the significant increase in population expected over the next four years. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood told KUAM News, "We have definitely witnessed many dramatic challenges throughout the world on all levels, domestic relations, the economy, international and political relations and conflicts. Despite these challenges we must remain steadfast in our quest to preserve and to respect our enduring traditions of law especially here on Guam."
Law Week activities will include Chief Justice Torres' annual State of the Judiciary Address, the third annual Race Judicata 5k, open house tours of the local courts and District Court, mock trials and the grand opening of the Self-Represented Litigants Kiosk at the courts next week.