Official opening of new federal courthouse delayed

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THERE has been a delay in the completion of the new federal court building construction due to the general difficulties involved in working under pandemic restrictions, said Bill  Bezzant, District Court for the NMI chief deputy clerk.

“Blame it all on Covid-19,” he added.

“Our transfer out of the Horiguchi Building won't be until June or July because of pandemic delays in our own preparations to occupy the new courthouse,” Bezzant said in an email to Variety on Monday.


The new federal courthouse was supposed to be officially opened on July 13. Photo by Bryan Manabat

 He said the dedication ceremony originally planned for July 13 is “impossible due to travel risks and restrictions for the off-island dignitaries.”

He added, “Our current goal is to have a dedication ceremony by the end of this year or in January 2021...all depending on the course of the pandemic.”

The offices of the U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and NMI, the U.S. Marshal Service, and U.S. Probation will also occupy the three-story building.

In addition, it will have two judge’s chambers, and a jury assembly room.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new courthouse was held on Dec. 7, 2017.

The U.S. General Services Administration awarded a 20-year lease, worth approximately $2.4 million annually, to Marianas Management Corp., a subsidiary of J.C. Tenorio Enterprises for the new federal courthouse.


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