by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Judicial Council is considering a proposal to increase all fees and non-statutory fines in order to provide revenue to fund indigent defense. The current proposal is to increase fines and fees by 50% in the first year beginning on April 1. The interim proposal now awaits the a presentation from the clerk of the court to illustrate a comparison of the increases to those of similarly-situated jurisdictions.
The Judicial Council will be taking public comment on the proposed rule until March 30. All written comments can be submitted to the Judicial Center in Hagatna. If implemented, the interim increases would expire on September 30 of this year.