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JBC makes Supreme Court stints minimum of 2.5 years

May 24, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The Judicial and Bar Council sets new rules, but faces questions on constitutionality

Supreme Court calls out judge over birthday party in chambers

May 19, 2020 - 6:09 PM

The Office of the Court Administrator is tasked to determine if there are quarantine violations

HIGH COURT. Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Still no TRO vs ABS-CBN cease and desist order

May 19, 2020 - 11:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order

FRANCHISE. ABS CBN talents and artists hold a protest on February 28, 2020, to call for the renewal of the network's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ABS-CBN pleads SC: Provisional franchise takes time, let us air now

May 18, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'ABS-CBN, its employees, various stakeholders, and the general public will continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury as a result of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the NTC'

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Courts in GCQ areas to physically reopen starting May 18

May 16, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Only a skeleton staff shall report to work even in GCQ, says the Supreme Court

EASING INTO GCQ. Food establishments along Session Road in Baguio City gradually open, but all for takeout and delivery services only, as the city works through under the general community quarantine from may 16 to 31 as per city govt guidelines. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Pilot courts nationwide can now do virtual hearings for all matters

May 14, 2020 - 3:51 PM

All courts in Metro Manila are authorized to do hearings via video conferencing

VIRTUAL HEARING. One of the pilot courts conduct a virtual hearing as Philippines remains on variying forms of lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Supreme Court

Videoconference hearings lead to release of 4,683 prisoners in a week

May 10, 2020 - 7:50 PM

'We expect a lot more courts to conduct hearings through videoconferencing this coming week that may result [in] more releases of [persons deprived of liberty],' says Court Administrator Midas Marquez

U.S. Supreme Court to take on Trump taxes, presidential immunity

May 10, 2020 - 3:18 PM

The hearing gives time for the justices to render a decision before the presidential election in November, as Donald Trump seeks a second term

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'The digital court is not so far away'

May 10, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The pandemic leaves the Supreme Court no other choice

ONLINE EN BANC. The Supreme Court en banc holds an online session on May 8, 2020, for the retirement ceremony of Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr. Photo courtesy of SC Public Information Office

Supreme Court junks petition to disclose Duterte health

May 08, 2020 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) The voting was 13-2, with Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa dissenting, sources said

EN BANC. The Supreme Court usually meets en banc Tuesdays of every week. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ABS-CBN to Supreme Court: NTC shutdown violates press freedom

May 07, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN runs to Supreme Court to stop NTC shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In pandemic scramble, Duterte has one more job: Pick new SC justice

May 06, 2020 - 4:33 PM

In another historic adjustment, the Judicial and Bar Council will screen applicants through online interviews

EN BANC. The Justices of the Supreme Court in the session hall where oral arguments are held. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. Supreme Court justice Ginsburg hospitalized for gallbladder infection

May 06, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Her recent repeated health scares spark speculation about potential retirement, which would allow conservative US President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement

RECOVERY. File photo of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

In historic first, U.S. Supreme Court broadcasts live

May 04, 2020 - 2:21 PM

(UPDATED) For Monday's hearing, the justices took part by telephone. But with no cameras involved, they did not have to wear their traditional black robes.

SUPREME COURT. The US Supreme Court is seen amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 15, 2020 as stay at home order has been extended in Washington, DC until May 15. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Supreme Court can't think 'far out the box' in releasing prisoners – Leonen

May 02, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'That would mean we will be ourselves be the first to violating certain constitutional rights if we do so,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONGESTED JAILS. Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security Compound. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Justice Leonen: Laws ban poor man's gambling, but POGOs allowed?

May 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Supreme Court allows reduced bail for poor prisoners

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta signs and releases Administrative Circular No. 38 as one of the Supreme Court's responses to the coronavirus pandemic

JAILS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Supreme Court lowered Bar passing grade for more techy lawyers in 'new normal'

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut

BAR EXAMS. Examinees with their relatives, schoolmates and friends gather at the Supreme Court on April 26, 2018, as it announces the results of the 2017 Bar Exams. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2020 Bar exams postponed to 2021

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City

2020 BAR. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is the Bar Chair for the 2020 Bar Examinations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:23 PM

'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed

PRISONS. In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

'Congestion not reason:' Calida blocks petition to release vulnerable prisoners

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

There are 241 coronavirus patients in prisons nationwide, and one of them – a Bilibid inmate – has died

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

New lawyers of coronavirus era: 2019 Bar results out online April 29

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The list will not be displayed at the Supreme Court premises. Bar takers should wait for the online release at home.

BAR 2019. Aspiring lawyers are greeted by supporters as they take the last day of the 2019 Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 24. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC orders urgent release of inmates with lapsed jail time, shelved cases

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:02 PM

It's a reiteration of a 2014 decongestion guideline. Human rights lawyers welcome the move, but hope for a broader decision to release those not covered by the guidelines.

CROWD. Little space is seen among prisoners inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Justices tackle disclosure of Duterte health in historic virtual en banc

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:54 PM

By the end of the two-hour Zoom meeting, the magistrates do not agree on an action

VIRTUAL. All 15 Justices of the Supreme Court are in attendance for the first ever virtual en banc session of the High Court held on April 17, 2020. Screenshot courtesy of SC Public Information Office

Supreme Court gives gov't 5 days to answer petition for prisoner release

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'We would have wanted a speedier and accelerated process especially so that the contagion is starting already in some jails,' says the petitioners' lawyer, Edre Olalia, referrring to the just-confirmed coronavirus cases at the Quezon City jail

CORONAVIRUS. The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court to hold first-ever virtual session on prisoner release, Duterte health

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Like others in government, the justices of the High Court are adapting to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic

EN BANC. The Justices of the Supreme Court usually hold en banc sessions on Tuesdays. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump taxes case in May

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The US Supreme Court says it will hear the consolidated cases by telephone conference in May, a move which could allow it to deliver a ruling before the November presidential election

TAXES CASE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Malacañang says SC petition on Duterte's health merits 'outright dismissal'

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo tosses aside the petition, saying it is 'based purely on speculations'

STATE OF HEALTH. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts to address the coronavirus disease on April 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court asked: Compel Duterte to disclose state of health

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:03 PM

'Do we still have a physically and mentally healthy President? Is he still the one making decisions to manage and put an end to the current crisis?' asks a lawyer in his petition before the High Tribunal

PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation on the coronavirus pandemic in a late night press conference on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court rules on e-filing extended to April 30

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The Supreme Court's summer en banc sessions in Baguio City are canceled as well

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

SC, DOJ, DILG urged: Issue joint order not to arrest light offenders

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:51 PM

'Otherwise we will have a situation where the more we lock people up, we're creating newer problems that we don't really need actually,' says former SC spokesperson Ted Te

VIOLATION. QCPD Police Personnel apprehend violators of the curfew along Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Supreme Court allows e-filing of charges, e-posting of bail

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:05 PM

This is the latest precautionary measure of the judiciary as a prosecutor tests positive for the coronavirus disease

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: War on the Law Part 1

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Is there an ongoing war on the law?

Chief Justice Peralta tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Chief Justice traveled to the Netherlands in early March and experienced 'persistent coughing' after he returned to Manila, says the Supreme Court

NEGATIVE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tests negative for coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Courts will close nationwide, judges to come to work only for urgent matters

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'If urgent, only then will the justice or judge on-duty, together with the skeleton-staff, go to court to receive and act on the said urgent matter,' says the Supreme Court

PHYSICALLY CLOSED. Supreme Court of the Philippines iand all courts nationwide are pyshically losed for the Luzon locdown period to contain coronavirus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court grants bail to ex-NPA chief Rodolfo Salas

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail

RETIRED. Retired CPP and NPA leader Rodolfo Salas, 72, is arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Philippine courts reduce operations, night courts closed

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:45 PM

As the Philippines struggles to contain the coronavirus, only select courts will be open from 9am to 3pm to process bail petitions and any relief related to the lockdown

CORONAVIRUS MEASURES. Supreme Court drastically reduces operations of Philippine courts, completely closing night courts, amid the containment measures of coronavirus.

Ex-NPA chair Salas Supreme Court case tests political offense doctrine

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex-CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020. Photo by Rappler

Can ex-NPA chair Salas follow Enrile doctrine of bail on humanitarian grounds?

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'How about the 15 who were massacred? How about their relatives? They have waited for justice for so long,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020, as the High Court hears a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free him. Photo by Rappler

At last, Senate asks Supreme Court to define limits of Duterte's power

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon

VFA PETITION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III with fellow senators Panfilo Lacson, Franklin Drilon and Richard Gordon file on March 9, 2020, a Petition for Declaratory Relief and Mandamus at the Supreme Court questioning the country's abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PECO not standing down despite Razon's takeover of facilities for IloIlo electric

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Panay Electric is now without a franchise or permit, but it is keeping its standoff with the Enrique Razon-owned MORE for Iloilo's electricity – anchoring all its hopes on the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court hears case that could set future of abortion

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:03 PM

What may be the most significant case on the subject in decades centers on a law in the state of Louisiana that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital

DECISION. File photo of the facade of the US Supreme Court building in Washington DC.

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on ex-NPA chief Salas' bid for freedom

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The jail warden is ordered to bring Rodolfo Salas to the Supreme Court on March 12

RETIRED. Rodolfo Salas, 73, arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Filipinos most satisfied with Senate, least happy with Duterte Cabinet

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:28 PM

The Senate got a 'very good' +62 net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of 2019, placing it at the top of a Social Weather Stations poll on key government institutions

PHILIPPINE SENATE. The facade of the Senate building. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Senate adopts resolution questioning Duterte power to solely end treaties

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence

CONCURRENCE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III is the sponsor of the resolution asking the Supreme Court to rule on the need for Senate concurrence in treaty termination. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court bans surveillance of family of alleged communist rebel

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:56 PM

'The surreptitious surveillance of petitioner and her family is an abuse of the PNP's authority,' rules the High Court which, unlike in its past Amparo grants, also issues privileges of the writ and gives a permanent protection order to the family

AMPARO. The Supreme Court grants the privileges of writ of amparo for the family of an alleged NPA rebel. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ABS-CBN asks Supreme Court: Don't let Calida gag us

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The TV network says a gag order would be prior restraint, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in previous cases

FIGHT FOR FRANCHISE. Employees, artists and supporters gather at the ABS-CBN briadcast center on February 21, 2020, to protest for the renewal of the media giant's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Peralta wants strict monitoring of TROs, other orders of judges, justices

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The Chief Justice requires trial court judges and Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and Court of Tax Appeals justices to submit to his office copies of their TROs, status quo ante orders, writs of preliminary injunction, and orders of voluntary inhibition

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta answers questions at a press conference on November 8, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No TRO for now vs ABS-CBN's movie channel KBO

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The Supreme Court settles with a procedural act to require ABS-CBN to submit its comment within 10 days

ABS-CBN CASE. Members of the media stage a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on February 10, 2020, to condemn the move of Solicitor General Jose Calida to ask the Supreme Court for a revocation of ABS CBN's broadcasting franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler