HÃGATNA Guam — On April 18 Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood and Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan of the District Court of Guam celebrated the debut of Guam’s first magistrate’s courtroom a $2 million state-of-the-art facility with a $310 000 audiovisual system. Manibusan Guam’s first U.S. magistrate judge was installed in February 2004 but until now has had to share a courtroom with other judges.

The facility includes the magistrate’s courtroom grand jury room and four attorney witness rooms. The project began in May 2006 with RAW International of Los Angeles producing the design intent drawings and MVP Enterprises producing the architectural mechanical and electrical design drawings. The space had been reserved rent-free since July 2000 by building owner Mark V. Pangilinan.

The A/V system was designed by Spectrum Engineers of Salt Lake City and was built and installed by Quantum Technologies of Huntsville Ala. The system includes plasma TVs jury monitors videoconferencing equipment and a digital evidence presentation system.

Local contractors included Cybertech for security systems Pacific Security and Alarm for fire alarms Calpac for A/V cabling IPCS for telephone and data cabling and the Carpet Store. MBJ