Guam judiciary establishes DWI treatment court

Chief Justice Katherine A. Maraman

The Judiciary of Guam has launched the Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Court.

The new therapeutic court is supported through a United State Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Grant of $339,969 to address the number of adult DWI cases through evidence-based therapeutic methods.

“Therapeutic courts seek compensation by looking at reducing recidivism and underlying causes that lead some people to repeatedly violate the law,” said Chief Justice Katherine A. Maraman. “The establishment and operations of the DWI Court is the way forward for us a Judiciary to how we handle these cases conforming to modern sensibilities.”

From 2010-2015, 2,704 DWI Cases were filed in the Superior Court of Guam-an average of 450 cases

a year. The grant will allow, among other things, the Judiciary of Guam to hire and train program staff, team members and therapists in policies and evidence-based tools and practices, and assist efforts with mandated data collection.