(Aug. 1, 1950, ch. 512, § 22,64 Stat. 389; Aug. 27, 1954, ch. 1017, § 1,68 Stat. 882; Pub. L. 85–444, §§ 1,
2,June 4, 1958, 72 Stat. 178, 179; Pub. L. 95–598, title III, § 335,Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2680; Pub. L. 98–454, title VIII, §§ 801,
803, title X, § 1001,Oct. 5, 1984, 98 Stat. 1741, 1743, 1745; Pub. L. 108–378, § 1(a),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2206.)
2004—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–378
amended subsec. (a) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (a) read as follows: “The judicial authority of Guam shall be vested in a court of record established by Congress, designated the ‘District Court of Guam,’ and such local court or courts as may have been or shall hereafter be established by the laws of Guam in conformity with section
of this title.”
1984—Pub. L. 98–454
amended section generally, striking out language which directed that no provisions of any rules which authorized or required trial by jury or the prosecution of offenses by indictment by a grand jury instead of by information be applicable to the District Court of Guam unless and until made so applicable by laws enacted by the Legislature of Guam, repealed that portion of section 1 of act Aug. 27, 1954, which had inserted such language originally, repealed section 335 ofPub. L. 95–598
, which had amended this section, and transferred out of this section into sections
, with amendments, the remaining provisions formerly set out in this section relating to the creation, jurisdiction, and rules governing procedure in the Guam judicial system.
1978—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 95–598
, § 335(a), inserted “and a bankruptcy court”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 95–598
, § 335(b), substituted “section
, in cases under title 11,” for “section
53 of title
, in bankruptcy cases;”.
1958—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 85–444
provided that the District Court of Guam shall have jurisdiction in all causes arising under the Constitution, treaties, and laws of the United States, regardless of the sum or value of the matter in controversy, and to insert the paragraph requiring appeals to the District Court to be heard and determined by an appellate division.
1954—Subsec. (b). Act Aug. 27, 1954, inserted provisions making it clear that trial by jury or the prosecution of offenses by indictment by a grand jury instead of by information shall not be required in the District Court of Guam until so required by laws enacted by the Legislature of Guam; and defining the terms “attorney for the government”, and “United States attorney”, as used in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, when applicable to cases arising under the laws of Guam.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment
Section 1005 ofPub. L. 98–454
provided that: “Titles VII, VIII, IX, and X of this Act [enacting sections
of this title, repealing section
of this title, amending this section and sections
of this title, and enacting provisions set out as notes under sections
of this title and section
, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure] shall become effective on the ninetieth day following their enactment [Oct. 5, 1984].”
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment
Amendment by section 335(b) ofPub. L. 95–598
effective Oct. 1, 1979, see section 402(a) ofPub. L. 95–598
, set out as an Effective Date note preceding section
Section 402(e) ofPub. L. 95–598
, which provided a prospective effective date for the amendment of subsec. (a) by section 335(a) ofPub. L. 95–598
, was repealed by section 1001 ofPub. L. 98–454
Effective Date of 1954 Amendment
Section 2 of act Aug. 27, 1954, provided that: “The amendment made by section
[amending this section] shall be deemed to be in effect as of August 1, 1950.”
Section 4 of act Aug. 27, 1954, provided: “If any particular provision of this Act [amending this section and enacting provisions set out as notes under this section], or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.”
Nonreversal of Convictions Prior to August 27, 1954
Section 3 of act Aug. 27, 1954, provided: “No conviction of a defendant in a criminal proceeding in the District Court of Guam heretofore had shall be reversed or set aside on the ground that the defendant was not indicted by a grand jury or tried by a petit jury.”