Information for Journalists/Media

Overview

  • The Court is committed to facilitating access to court dockets, documents and proceedings for journalists.
  • Judges and court staff will not comment on individual cases. Such inquiries should be directed to attorneys in the case as listed on the case docket.
  • Members of the media and public are expected to learn and abide by the Court's policies on contacting the Court and on the use of electronic devices in the courthouse, available in this section.
  • The Court supports the presumption of public access to proceedings before the Court.

About the District Court of Guam

Court Records

The most convenient way for journalists to obtain court records is through the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) database. To open a PACER account, go to https://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/pscof/regWizard.jsf. There is no fee for creating a PACER account, but there is a fee to access case information in PACER. You can also obtain a paper copy of a document filed in a case by visiting the Clerk's Office at a fee of $.50 a page.  Several public terminals are available in the Clerk's Office during normal business hours for accessing case documents free of charge.

Procedures and Calendars

Understanding Federal Courts

Juror Contact

Jurors are strictly prohibited from discussing cases that are in progress, and members of the media must not contact jurors, their families, or their close friends during the trial. Improper interaction with a juror can result in his or her dismissal from a panel. It also can lead to a mistrial, and a judge may choose to impose court sanctions against the responsible journalist. 

Sketch Artists

Sketch artists are prohibited from drawing detailed sketches of witnesses and jurors. 

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