SC earmarks budget for salary raise, hiring, pension

Aug 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

A total of P6 5 billion is also allotted for the filling of vacancies in the SC and the lower courts

Is CJ Sereno entitled to a luxury vehicle?

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:57 PM

Budget Circular No 2010 2 exempts the Chief Justice from prohibition on purchase and use of a luxury vehicle

IMPEACHMENT THREAT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces an impeachment threat for ordering the purchase of a P5.1 million luxury vehicle.

EU threatens Poland's voting rights over court reforms

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brussels says President Andrzej Duda s unexpected vetoing of two controversial reforms including one targeting the supreme court has not ended the risk to the independence of Polish judges

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans gives a joint press on the Rule of Law in Poland and read-out of the College meeting at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, on July 26, 2017. John Thys/AFP

Polish president approves controversial reform, after vetoing two others

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:51 AM

President Andrzej Duda approves one of 3 controversial judicial reforms that have sparked huge street protests and threats of EU sanctions after vetoing the other two

People demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw after Poland's President made a statement to announce that he will veto controversial judicial reforms on July 24, 2017.  Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Poland's senate approves controversial court reform

Jul 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Poland s senate approves a controversial reform of the Supreme Court despite warnings from the European Union appeals from Washington and massive street protests against the measure

OPPOSITION. Protesters hold candles and shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration in front of Polish Parliament as Polish Senators decide about a new bill changing the judiciary system, July 21, 2017. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

SC’s laudable deference to executive decision

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:11 PM

There is such a virtue as judicial reticence a becoming degree of self restraint that must be accorded a co equal coordinate branch of government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Armed Forces of the Philippines officials upon his arrival at the Iligan City National School of Fisheries on June 20, 2017 where 229 displaced families from Marawi City have taken shelter. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

High noon in the SC: Is martial law legal?

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

A lot of things depend on the clarity of the Supreme Court decision in saying not only what martial law is not but also what it includes

Gov't corporate counsel hits bill making SolGen 'superior' to DOJ

Jun 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado claims HB 5233 will also increase the Solicitor General s budget from the current P600 million to P1 3 billion

AGAINST THE BILL. Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado does not want the passage into law of House Bill 5233, which will further empower the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

House leaders want SolGen to go after ill-gotten wealth, oversee GOCCs

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:55 PM

HB 5233 also seeks to remove the Office of the Solicitor General as an attached agency of the Department of Justice and instead put it under the Office of the President

MORE POWERFUL SOLGEN? House leaders filed bill a seeking to expand the powers of the office of Solicitor General Jose Calida. File photo by Rappler

A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?

Alvarez on death penalty: Inefficient justice system not Congress' problem

Feb 13, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says problems in the judiciary should not prevent lawmakers from doing their job

LOOK BACK: High-profile ponencias of retiring SC Justice Arturo Brion

Dec 29, 2016 - 3:27 PM

SC Justice Arturo Brion retires on December 29 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70

LOOK BACK: High-profile ponencias of retiring SC Justice Jose Perez

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:23 PM

The Supreme Court s first homegrown justice retires on December 14 after more than 4 decades serving in the High Tribunal

HOMEGROWN JUSTICE. SC Associate Justice Jose Perez retires from the SC on December 14, 2016, after over 4 decades of service.

SC clears 3 judges named in Duterte's drug list

Dec 07, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The SC also slams the premature public announcement of the judges alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade saying it put the judges in danger

CLEARED. The SC clears 3 judges linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

A lethal mix? Death penalty and a 'flawed, corrupt' justice system

Dec 03, 2016 - 9:00 PM

In People v Mateo in 2004 the Supreme Court says 71 77 of death penalty verdicts handed by lower courts were wrong The SC reduced the sentences to life imprisonment and even acquittal

LETHAL. Critics say a 'flawed and corrupt' justice system should be fixed first before even considering the revival of the death penalty.

Woman judge is Duterte's first judicial appointee in Davao

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Judge Jill Rose Jaugan Lo the new judge at the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 administered Duterte s oath as Davao mayor in 2013

In this file photo, Judge Jill Rose S. Jaugan-Lo (L) administers the oath of office to then-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (R) of Davao City, June 30, 2013.

EXPLAINER: How the Judicial and Bar Council works

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED The creation of the Judicial and Bar Council according to the late Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion was necessary in attaining and preserving the independency of the judiciary

Davao judge explains to JBC high rate of acquittal in drug cases

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Judge Rowena Adlawan tells the Judicial and Bar Council she supports the government s war on drugs but says she has acquitted several accused drug suspects based on technical aspects

Alvarez: Congress will suspend habeas corpus only if Duterte justifies it

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Kung talaga namang kinakailangan bakit hindi ilulusot? At kung hindi naman kailangan talagang hindi lulusot iyan As I’ve said before hindi naman tayo rubber stamp ng Malacañang says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

NOT INFLUENCED BY MALACAÑANG. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez maintains that Congress is 'not a rubber stamp' of the administration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Suspending habeas corpus to harm PNP, drug war - Lacson

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang meanwhile says the suspension of the writ is just an idea so far

President Rodrigo Duterte in Kuala Lumpur on November 9, 2016. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced'

Nov 12, 2016 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this to protect the Republic of the Philippines

DUTERTE'S WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte says he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus if lawlessness persists in the country. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

FAST FACTS: When should SC justices inhibit from a case?

Nov 08, 2016 - 10:27 AM

SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes recuses himself from the Marcos burial case What rules govern the inhibition of SC magistrates on certain cases?

SUPREME COURT. Rules of court govern under which cases members of the High Tribunal can recuse themselves from a case. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

UK minister speaks out on Brexit judiciary row

Nov 06, 2016 - 12:29 AM

The independence of the judiciary is the foundation upon which our rule of law is built and our judiciary is rightly respected the world over for its independence and impartiality says British justice minister Liz Truss

PARLIAMENT. People walk by the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Too many lawyers, not enough jurists!

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM

We need more jurists in the Philippines – which is to say that we need more thoughtful people for whom law is the object of serious study and its recondite problems for which the lawyer may have very little time or interest

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Aug 25, 2016 - 10:20 PM

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CJ: ‘I trust President’s judgment’ in naming justices

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has already said that he is strongly against the corrupt he is strongly against the laggards Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says

ON DUTERTE. Supreme court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno meets the media at the Bay Leaf in Intramuros Manila on August 25, 2016.

Sereno wary of justices ‘courtesy calls’ on Duterte

Aug 25, 2016 - 4:43 PM

It s a bright red line you must not cross Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says of the separation of government branches

CJ: We need to have 'very good' relations with executive

Aug 25, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Sereno also says concern was what prompted her to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his drug list

HEALTHY TIES. Sereno underscores the need to have good relations with the executive branch.

CJ refutes claim courts issuing 'too many' TROs vs govt projects

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:55 PM

There is no basis to the myth Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says referring to the claim that TROs derail government infrastructure projects

NOT TRUE. CJ Sereno says courts have not been standing in the way of government infrastructure projects.

SC slaps 3-year suspension on lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Trixie Cruz Angeles was the lawyer for Oakwood mutineer Nicanor Faeldon and most recently defended expelled members of the Iglesia ni Cristo in their cases against the church

SUSPENDED. Lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles (left) has been suspended by the Supreme Court. In this file photo, Angeles converses with client Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, the estranged sibling of INC leader Eduardo Manalo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

To avoid RH law delays, economic planning chief proposes Duterte EO

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:42 PM

NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia fears the effects of the TRO – maternal deaths teenage pregnancies and unwanted pregnancies – could become bigger social problems in the long run

DOJ to be graft-free agency – Aguirre

Jul 02, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says his marching orders from the President include ridding the agency of graft and corruption

NEW SECRETARY. Newly-installed Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends a thanksgiving Mass at the De Las Alas Hall inside the DOJ office in Manila on July 1, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jardeleza still richest SC justice in 2015

May 26, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Francis Jardeleza – the richest in the Supreme Court for two straight years – declares a net worth of P249 68 million in 2015

WEALTH. The summary of the 2015 SALN of the Supreme Court justices is released to the public. Rappler photo

Ombudsman posts 58.5% conviction rate from January to March

May 17, 2016 - 7:14 PM

Based on the latest records the Office of the Special Prosecutor scores 31 convictions against 22 acquittals within the first 3 months of the year

Palace, ex-colleagues send condolences to Corona family

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Lawyers Rico Quicho and Karen Jimeno members of former Chief Justice Renato Corona s defense team during his 2012 impeachment trial mourn the passing of the former chief justice

PASSED AWAY. The former chief justice succumbs to cardiac arrest on Friday, April 29, 2016. File photo by Senate pool

Hackers helped FBI crack San Bernardino iPhone – report

Apr 13, 2016 - 3:19 PM

Professional hackers discovered at least one software flaw that helped the FBI break into an iPhone used by a San Bernardino attacker a Washington Post report says

An anti-government protester holds up his iPhone with a sign 'No Entry' during a demonstration near the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York on February 23, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP

Roxas: SC justices of next president can change character of judiciary

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The wrong choice might mean that black becomes white and white becomes black And that s why we need to be very very careful the Liberal Party candidate says

CAREFUL CHOICE. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas (right) stresses the importance of choosing the successor of President Benigno Aquino III (left), because the next leader will have the power to appoint 10 justices of the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

Apple-FBI clash ends in stalemate

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:58 AM

The case is over but not the debate on encryption

An anti-government protester holds up his iPhone with a sign 'No Entry' during a demonstration near the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York on February 23, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP

FBI hacks San Bernardino attacker's iPhone, drops Apple suit

Mar 29, 2016 - 7:34 AM

3rd UPDATE The FBI declines to reveal what technical steps were taken to unlock the iPhone

In this file photo, a security guard stands front of an Apple Store before a small rally in support of the company's privacy policy in New York, New York, USA, February 23, 2016. Justin Lane/EPA

US gov't says may not need Apple help in iPhone battle

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:34 AM

UPDATED An outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [Syed] Farook s iPhone Justice Department attorneys say in a court filing

In this file photo, a security guard stands front of an Apple Store before a small rally in support of the company's privacy policy in New York, New York, USA, February 23, 2016. Justin Lane/EPA

FBI, Apple clash in Congress on encryption

Mar 02, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The FBI insists it is only doing its job while Apple maintains it is after the safety of iPhone users

epa05189614 Senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc Bruce Sewell testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 01 March 2016. A US federal judge last week ordered Apple to help the FBI crack the encryption on the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the 02 December shooting spree, an order which Apple chief executive Tim Cook has refused in an open letter published on Apple's website. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies

Feb 14, 2016 - 7:25 AM

3rd UPDATE US President Barack Obama says he plans to nominate Scalia s successor – something Republicans oppose

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia smiles as he speaks at the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual 'Antitrust Law Spring' meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2011. Jewel Samad/AFP

Who is newly-appointed SC Justice Alfredo Caguioa?

Jan 23, 2016 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED The Supreme Court names Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa the 174th Associate Justice appointed to the Supreme Court Get to know more about him

Supreme Court justices raise doubts on Poe’s residency

Jan 20, 2016 - 8:56 AM

Defense of physical presence in the country appeared wobbly

IN COURT. (L-R) Susan Roces, presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe, and vice-presidential candidate Sen. Francis Escudero at the Supreme Court, January 19, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Japan court rules dating ban on pop star 'goes too far' – report

Jan 19, 2016 - 1:12 PM

A former female pop star who was sued by her talent agency for dating a fan wins a legal battle after a court ruled that the suit threatened her freedom to pursue happiness

Pakistan court acquits Musharraf of rebel leader's killing

Jan 18, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The decision Monday is the first significant ruling in his 3 cases which include the murder of former leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and treason

A file photograph dated April 15, 2013 showing Pervez Musharraf, in Islamabad, Pakistan. T. Mughal/EPA

Aquino classmate leads shortlist for SC vacancy

Jan 18, 2016 - 12:27 PM

The JBC gives the shortlist to the President who will appoint a replacement for retired Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr

ON TO SC? Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa is among the candidates for the High Court. Photo from Caguioa & Gatmaytan law office

Part 3: Cavite: Haven for paid-for annulments?

Dec 29, 2015 - 9:30 AM

[The annulment business] A web of relationships from fixer to judge slowly unravels

Supreme Court wants task force created to address judge killings

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:42 PM

This comes after the killing of a Samar provincial judge on Sunday – the second judge killed this month

INVESTIGATION. The Supreme Court pushes for the creation of a task force to probe the recent killings of court officials. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Aquino classmate, Sandiganbayan justices vie for SC post

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:09 PM

16 nominees and applicants will go through a Judicial and Bar Council screening for the post of Supreme Court associate justice

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