by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Judiciary may have received $1.8 million in allotments Friday, but the threat of a lawsuit remains. The courts are still waiting for $3.3 million that is owed for the first quarter of this fiscal year. Court Policy, Planning and Communications Director Maria Cenzon says the courts will be seeking the payment of the allotments to ensure they avoid a payless payday.
The island's court system has had difficulty keeping up with its vendor payments and making payroll without its allotments. Cenzon says should the courts not receive its money, the Judiciary will be forced to cut employees' hours, implement furloughs, and stop paying vendors like interpreters and attorneys.