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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 30) - The Guam Attorney General's Office may need to start looking for a new place to operate after a Superior Court of Guam judge granted an eviction order because of overdue rent.

The Judicial Council sued the Attorney General's Office to evict it from the Guam Judicial Center in Hagåtña, saying the office owes it $3.6 million in back rent.

But Attorney General Douglas Moylan maintains that the office cannot be evicted from government-owned land.

The attorney general's office occupies about 14,355 square feet in the judicial building.

In a decision and order issued yesterday, Superior Court of Guam Judge Michael Bordallo granted the Judicial Council's motion for summary judgment and ordered that a writ of possession be issued regarding the premises occupied by the attorney general's office.

Bordallo said in his decision that a 1991 lease agreement between the parties established a landlord-tenant relationship; that the lease agreement expired on September 30, 1996; and that the Judicial Council gave proper notice terminating the tenancy as of June 30, 2004.

December 31, 2004

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