The Honorable Robert J. Torres, Jr., born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam in 2004. He served as Chief Justice of Guam from January 15, 2008 to January 18, 2011 and served his second term from January 21, 2014 to January 17, 2017. Justice Torres played a central role in expanding court services on Guam with the opening of the Northern Court Satellite, enabling wireless technology and videoconferencing in the courtrooms, and implementing e-filing and increased online services. A self-professed technophile, he laid the groundwork for the design and acquisition of a modern case management system and continues to oversee various technological advancements for the Judiciary of Guam.
Justice Torres presently serves on the American Judges Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors as the President-Elect and chairs various Judiciary of Guam subcommittees. He has lectured in more than twenty countries on a variety of subjects including the International Framework for Court Excellence, case flow management, cultural responsiveness, court community communication, alternative dispute resolution, technology, and judicial ethics and discipline, and 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.
Justice Torres received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (Magna Cum Laude; Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi) and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Justice Torres was also awarded two Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Honoris Causa, from the University of Cebu and Centro Escolar University in the Philippines.
He is married to the Honorable Senator Mary Camacho Torres, and they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.