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Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

'I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,' says Brett Kavanaugh in his opening statement

TRUMP PICK. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Judge Elmo Alameda has also handled the serious illegal detention case against Janet Napoles and the homicide case against ex-Batangas governor Jose Leviste

'HIGH-PROFILE' CASES. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 is no stranger to high-profile cases. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Better screening of cases can address Supreme Court backlog

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says a committee that can screen 'unmeritorious' cases from the lower courts can help ease the SC's burden

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Breaking up Supreme Court into 4 high courts weakens judiciary

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says it's more important to preserve the role of the High Court in the justice system

UN Rapporteur: Judicial independence in PH under attack

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Philippine experts believe the statements are a nudge to the ICC prosecutor to claim jurisdiction to investigate the war on drugs

UN Special Rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan on a media briefing in Makati City on MAy 31, 2018.PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

[OPINION] On the ouster of Chief Justice: Sereno served with honor and competence

May 15, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Her legacy is an unimpeachable reputation, and a record of leadership marked by changes that have and will continue to enhance the judiciary and the legal profession

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ateneo president: Junk quo warranto vs Sereno, let impeachment unfold

Apr 14, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Resorting to a quo warranto petition to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'circumvents the clear dictates of the Constitution,' says Father Jose Ramon Villarin

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte's tirades vs Sereno 'attack on rule of law' – int'l jurists

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The International Commission of Jurists also urges President Rodrigo Duterte to 'retract his comments and to refrain in the future from making any statements attacking individual judges or in any way interfering with the independence of the judiciary'

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

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Apr 11, 2018 - 1:14 PM

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Sereno urges students to fight for 'independent judiciary'

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'Fight for freedom – want it, demand it, claim it,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells students in a forum in Bacolod City

'INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses over a thousand students at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in a forum dubbed as 'The Road to Judicial Reform: Achieving Justice Through the Rule of Law' on March 13, 2018. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Ex-CJ Davide: Cha-Cha's threats to judiciary meant for dictatorship

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:18 PM

'That is what we should probably be aware of, and have to fight hard,' says former chief justice Davide

DICTATORSHIP? Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. believes that the proposals to 'defang' the judiciary is meant to put up a dictatorship. File photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Ex-SC justice suggests judiciary appointees go through CA

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza also says Congress' voting power in the Judicial and Bar Council must be clarified

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House sub-committee also proposes to clip powers of judiciary

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government

JUDICIAL OVERREACH? A House sub-committee on constitutional amendments want to remove the judiciary's power to determine grave abuse of discretion of the other branches of government, citing judicial overreach.

De Lima hits CA ruling on ex-Palawan governor Reyes' release

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no 'miracle' here, only a gross miscarriage of justice,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to the decision penned by Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro

Senator Leila De Lima files a Writ of Habeas Data before the Supreme Court in Manila on Monday, November 7, 2016, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

Sereno impeachment: RCAO, JDO, and Midas Marquez

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The Regional Court Administrator's Office and Judiciary Decentralized Office involve a complex issue of decentralization that has hounded the Supreme Court for years

De Castro accuses Sereno of deception

Nov 29, 2017 - 4:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I can't stand idly by when the collegial decision of the SC is being set aside,' says Justice De Castro, referring to the creation by Sereno of a new court office. The Sereno camp says JDO is no different from RCAO.

Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Alvarez wants more trial courts, CA abolished

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:03 PM

The House Speaker, himself a lawyer, wants less steps in the country's justice system

JUSTICE SYSTEM OVERHAUL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez proposes a simpler justice system in the Philippines. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 06, 2017 - 8:05 PM

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Duterte's PACC can't probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:27 PM

'What we want to prevent here is a situation wherein constitutional offices would be, in effect, under the mercy of the executive that they are mandated to investigate,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO POWER. Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says President Rodrigo Duterte's newly formed body to probe presidential appointees has no power to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary. File photo

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