(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
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
Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says it's more important to preserve the role of the High Court in the justice system
Philippine experts believe the statements are a nudge to the ICC prosecutor to claim jurisdiction to investigate the war on drugs
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
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
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
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'
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'Fight for freedom – want it, demand it, claim it,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells students in a forum in Bacolod City
'That is what we should probably be aware of, and have to fight hard,' says former chief justice Davide
Retired Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza also says Congress' voting power in the Judicial and Bar Council must be clarified
(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government
(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
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
The Regional Court Administrator's Office and Judiciary Decentralized Office involve a complex issue of decentralization that has hounded the Supreme Court for years
(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.
The House Speaker, himself a lawyer, wants less steps in the country's justice system
'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.
'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
A total of P6 5 billion is also allotted for the filling of vacancies in the SC and the lower courts
Budget Circular No 2010 2 exempts the Chief Justice from prohibition on purchase and use of a luxury vehicle
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
UPDATED Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says problems in the judiciary should not prevent lawmakers from doing their job
SC Justice Arturo Brion retires on December 29 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70
The Supreme Court s first homegrown justice retires on December 14 after more than 4 decades serving in the High Tribunal
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
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
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
(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'
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
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
Malacañang meanwhile says the suspension of the writ is just an idea so far
President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this to protect the Republic of the Philippines
SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes recuses himself from the Marcos burial case What rules govern the inhibition of SC magistrates on certain cases?
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
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
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
It s a bright red line you must not cross Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says of the separation of government branches
Sereno also says concern was what prompted her to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his drug list