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E-mail: justice@guamsupremecourt.com PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 6, 2017 – Associate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2017 Associate Justice Katherine A. Maraman has been elected to succeed The Honorable Robert J. Torres as Chief Justice of Guam, whose term expires on January 17, 2017. The justices of the Supreme Court, pursuant to statute, held an election and have selected Justice Maraman to serve a three-year term as Chief Justice, commencing at 10:00 a.m. on January 17, 2017. She will be the first woman to hold this position. Justice Maraman joined the Supreme Court of Guam as an Associate Justice on February 21, 2008. Prior to that, she served as a Judge in the Superior Court of Guam from 1994-2008, where she was primarily assigned to the Family Court docket, in addition to handling the full panoply of general jurisdiction cases. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the mental health docket, and has worked collaboratively with many agencies to create a therapeutic court structure, ensuring that Guam’s most vulnerable residents are provided the services they need. Justice Maraman’s career prior to taking the bench includes a legal practice in Guam that dates back to 1977. She served as Assistant Legislative Counsel for the Fourteenth though Sixteenth Guam Legislatures, and later as Minority Counsel. She also worked in private practice before becoming legal counsel to Governor Joseph Ada in 1988, a position she held up until she became a Judge. In addition to her service to the Guam Judiciary, Justice Maraman also serves as a part- time Justice of the Palau Supreme Court and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guam. She has stated that she looks forward to assuming this leadership role with the Judiciary of Guam, and is confident and excited about the future of our courts of justice. A promulgation hearing formalizing this election will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Judiciary of Guam Atrium, at which time she will take her oath as Chief Justice.

For more information, contact Clynt Ridgell at 300-9282.