“Stay accountable as public servants” – Manila Bulletin

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Supreme Court

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo reminded judicial officials and employees to remain accountable in carrying out their sworn duties as public officials.

“From the Court’s lowest clerk to the Chief Justice, we are accountable to the nation under the solemn warrant we call ‘the public trust,'” Gesmundo said in his address at the 121st anniversary celebration. anniversary of the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday, June 10.

“It is this trust that we have sworn not to break, not to betray and not to diminish. This duty is what we in turn call responsibility,” Gesmundo stressed.

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo (2)

The SC was officially organized under the Judiciary Act (Law 136) on June 11, 1901.

Since the 121st birthday falls on a Saturday, the SC decided to hold the celebration on Friday, June 10.

Gesmundo also briefed judicial officials and staff on the SC Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 which he said is based on four guiding principles – “justice delivered by the judiciary will be prompt and fair , transparent and accountable, equal and inclusive, and adaptive technology.

The plan’s target outcomes, he said, are “efficiency, innovation and access.”

He explained that “efficiency” as a first outcome involves an organizational review and restructuring of the judiciary.

On ‘Innovation’, the Chief Justice highlighted the projects carried out by Associate Judges.

He mentioned that Senior Associate Judge Marvic MVF Leonen is the chairperson of the technical working group that will review the Kalikasan writs and continuing mandamus, as well as the Amparo and habeas data writs.

He also cited the success of the 2020/2021 bar exams, with Leonen as committee chair, as the first-ever regionalized and digitized bar exams in Philippine history.

Chief Justice Gesmundo also recognized the Benchbook for Family Courts and the Benchbook for Commercial Courts led by retired Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, both of which were launched prior to her retirement last May.

Concerning “access” as a third result, Gesmundo underlined the initiatives of the SC aimed at bringing judicial services closer to the public.

He then acknowledged the contributions of each of the Associate Justices – the Legal Education Summits and the Enhanced Justice on Wheels project led by Senior Associate Justice Leonen; improving Sharia justice and the legal education system led by Justice Japar B. Dimaampao; promoting gender sensitivity and fairness led by Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, with the adoption of the Guidelines for Using Gender-Equitable Language and Gender Etiquette courtroom for the judiciary.

The electronic notarization committee headed by Judge Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa was also cited; the enactment of the Rule on Facilitated Naturalization of Refugees and Stateless Persons under Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando; and the promulgation of the Expedited Proceedings Rules through the efforts of Judge Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Judge Samuel H. Gaerlan, Judge Jose Midas P. Marquez, and Judge Maria Filomena D. Singh, who was then still a judge. of the Court of Appeal.

Additionally, the Chief Justice mentioned that Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez and Justice Marquez will also be working on the construction of various courtrooms and court buildings; Amended Rules of Procedure for Municipal Election Contests edited by Judge Antonio T. Kho, Jr.; the preparation of the module for the implementation of the rules on the use of body-worn cameras on which Judge Mario V. Lopez is currently working in coordination with the Judicial Academy of the Philippines; the creation and operation of the Office of Judicial Marshals headed by Judge Rodil V. Zalameda; and the important role of Judge Ricardo R. Rosario in reviewing reports of murdered lawyers.

Themed ‘Korte Suprema ng Makabagong Panahon: Nagbabalik Tanaw sa Kahapon’, this year’s celebration kicked off with ‘One Community’, a community pantry for court personnel held at the Old SC Compound Grounds on Thursday June 9 last.

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