The Honorable Robert J. Torres, Jr. born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, was sworn in for his second term as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam on January 21, 2014. His Honor previously served as Chief Justice from January 15, 2008 – January 18, 2011 and has been on the Supreme Court of Guam since January 2004. Chief Justice Torres is also a designated District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court of Guam and Justice Pro Tempore for the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Justice Torres received his B.B.A. from University of Notre Dame in 1980 in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude; Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985. Justice Torres was also awarded a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) Honoris Causa from the University of Cebu in the Philippines and elected a Science and Technology Fellow by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center in Washington, DC.
Since his appointment to the Supreme Court, his Honor, a self-professed technophile, has played a central role in expanding court services with the opening of the Northern Court Satellite, employing wireless technology in the courtrooms, effecting videoconferencing in initial appearances, implementing e-filing and adopting ethical and use standards for technology in the Judicial Branch. As Chair of the Judiciary’s technology subcommittee, Chief Justice Torres laid the groundwork for the design and acquisition of a modern case management system in 2010 and continues to oversee the phases of the current implementation. Through the expertise and vision of Chief Justice Torres, the judiciary’s advances in technology and automation have brought the courts of Guam into the 21st century.
His Honor has authored landmark opinions in subjects such as attorney discipline and ethics, adverse possession, quantum meruit, holdover tenancy, easements, the gifting and sales of excess lands returned by the federal government to original landowners, the distribution of estate property, employment law, search and seizure and “Takings” jurisprudence. He continues to work tirelessly for the judiciary, not only on his own caseload, but also while serving as the chairperson of the subcommittees that craft rules governing the practice of law on Guam including the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure and Superior Court of Guam Local Rules, Civil Jury Instructions, Bar Admissions, Attorney Discipline, and E-Filing Rules. He also served on the Subcommittee on Judicial Ethics which formulated the Guam Rules for Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement. He has been a speaker, presenter, and lecturer at seminars and conferences in more than twenty different countries and has instructed judges, court administrators and attorneys on cultural competency, court community communication, alternative dispute resolution, technology and judicial ethics and discipline.
Chief Justice Torres is renowned for his involvement and positive contributions to football (soccer) as a match official, licensed coach, and a member of numerous committees and judicial bodies for Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The Honorable Chief Justice Torres is married to Mary Camacho Torres, and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.