Matters related to the establishment, modification, enforcement and collection of child support should be handled by the court in an expeditious manner so that parties may obtain necessary orders and other action as quickly as practicable. Since 1995, Linda Ingles has served as a specially-trained Administrative Hearings Officer who hears cases arising from child support issues. In 2005 alone, she heard more than 5,000 of such cases. Administrative Hearings Officer Ingles provides both parents in these cases the opportunity to present evidence, reviews the evidence presented, and then issues a decision based on the law and the child support guidelines that govern the determination of child support. She continues to learn of changes in the law, trends that may indicate shifts in the law, as well as new practices to be applied to the procedures in Guam, through her regular attendance at the National Child Support Enforcement Association Annual Training conferences. Administrative hearings Officer Ingles also presides over a majority of the trials in Traffic Court. In addition, her docket includes certain juvenile proceedings, and in 2005, she heard more than 1,200 of these cases. She has received specialized training in issues relating to children at the National Judicial Leadership Summit on the Protection of Children. Prior to her appointment, she practiced law on Guam for 13 years, in both the public and private sector.
She received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 1975 and a
J.D. from Whittier College in 1980.