Guam - The Judiciary of Guam went up for its budget hearing this morning presenting a budget request of $25.1 million - $1.8 million more than its appropriation from last fiscal year but one million less than it requests from last year as well.
The Fiscal Year 2014 request includes funding to pay increments, merit bonuses and increases to fund operations. Administrator of the court Perry Taitano says while the Judiciary is mindful of the environment in which it operates, it has experienced challenges in providing services because of the lack of resources in the recent years.
"We have had to reduce operations, non personnel expenditures by 51% across the board - we beg and borrow with each other for supplies and materials. We re-program federal funds, we use asset forfeiture funds for probation to manage day to day on supplies and materials," he said.
The court is also requesting local funding to cover federal funding lost as a result of sequestration as well as only filling critical positions.