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Superior Court of Guam - Judges


Honorable Elyze M. Iriarte
Judge Elyze M. Iriarte


Judge Elyze M. Iriarte was appointed to the Superior Court of Guam in 2016 after having practiced in the private sector for 15 years. Judge Iriarte began her legal career as a law clerk at the District Court of Guam. As an associate, partner and a founding partner, her private practice experience focused predominantly in civil litigation, with notable cases in the employment law sector. She also has experience in criminal law and federal criminal cases, including the District Court of Guam’s first sequestered jury. While in private practice, she was a member of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

Judge Iriarte has served on the U.S. District Court of Guam Committee to Reappoint the Magistrate Judge, the U.S. District Court Committee on Local Rules of Practice for Civil Procedure, and the Judiciary of Guam’s subcommittees for revision of the Local Rules of Practice for Civil Procedure, Pro Bono Rules, and Rules on E-Filing. She co-chairs the Judiciary’s 2016-2019 Strategic Focus Area on Effective Case Management and Timely Resolution. Judge Iriarte presides over General Jurisdiction cases.

Judge Iriarte earned her undergraduate B.A. degree in Law Letters & Society from the University of Chicago in 1998. She obtained her J.D. in 2001 from the University of Southern California School of Law where she was the articles editor for the Southern California Review of Law & Women’s Studies. She is admitted to practice law in Guam (2001), California (2002), Hawaii (2004), Republic of Palau (2004) and Northern Mariana Islands (2007).