Rappler's latest stories on courts in the Philippines
The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective
Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa says the Supreme Court's efforts to declog court dockets of small-time drug cases will be put to waste
The court administrator reports that 43,171 persons deprived of liberty have been released from March 17 to July 3. The figure also includes children in conflict with the law.
Justices come up with all sorts of arguments to favor Duterte in the health petition, and dissenting Justice Caguioa says it 'clearly signals an overly deferential attitude to a sitting President'
'Given the pattern of imputation by the executive and the nature of accusations, the exercise of our fundamental freedom of expression and freedom of association has to be protected'
Jurado anchors his petition on the railroad of the bill in Congress, and says the rush to passage violates constitutional standards
Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile filed a libel suit against newspaper columnist Yoly Villanueva Ong in 2012 for an opinion article about his Martial Law days and his son's senatorial bid
(5th UPDATE) By Rappler's count, there are at least 8 groups filing petitions to void provisions of the anti-terror law
Two months have passed, and even the petitioner has not yet received the full decision that would explain why the justices dismissed his petition
Petitioners led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo also ask the High Court to compel the government to ramp up contact tracing efforts and release timely, accurate, and complete information on the pandemic
A paper published by UP Law criticizes the 2019 decision of the Supreme Court junking a same-sex marriage petition mainly due to technicalities, and says it was 'an abdication of its function as a Court'
A usual dissenter who once called out fellow justices for emboldening the rise of an authoritarian, Justice Marvic Leonen tells new lawyers about the dangers of keeping silent and being complicit
'Silence about corruption and abuse of power is not only in itself unjust; our silence when we have the ability to speak is in itself a cause of injustice,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
2020 Bar chair Justice Leonen also says the Court must take a hard look at the Bar exams and 'make its practices more reasonable'
'Unsolicited physical contact, even if done in jest, has no place in the workplace, especially in government service,' says the Supreme Court Second Division, but it retains the finding of guilt for simple misconduct, rather than grave misconduct
Prison agencies are also slammed for little transparency on the conditions of inmates
(UPDATED) The case against ABS-CBN Convergence remains. ABS-CBN's shutdown is also still in effect.
The Supreme Court says association dues and other assessment charges do not form part of a condominium corporation's gross income
'[The Anti-Terror Act] is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'
'We pray that the Supreme Court will choose to vote for life in favor of the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic now invading prison facilities,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim
The Court created a human rights committee under Sereno, but Peralta says he is yet to 'look into it'
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta says he 'believes' the case can be decided by June 16. As of latest data, there are 745 confirmed cases in BJMP and 194 cases in BuCor.
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta is not certain if there will be a resolution by July 13, despite ABS-CBN's urgent request for a temporary restraining order
Bookmark this page to watch the virtual press conference of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta at 9 am, Thursday, June 11
(UPDATED) The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation.
Courts grapple with internet problems and lack of public transport for personnel. Questions also abound on how strict judicial rules can accommodate digital processes.
In Metro Manila, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says some Metro Manila judges refused rapid testing which to him is 'a very grave disappointment'
Larry Gadon's thrown-out petition hardly does anything for the embattled network as its bid to go back on air is still in the pleadings process
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the contempt request is 'egregious,' as the government crackdown on the Left reaches the High Court
In several questions throughout the Judicial and Bar Council interview, the applicants agree that ABS-CBN's fate is mostly up to Congress
The show cause order is considered a preliminary citation, when in other cases for habeas corpus and amparo, parties immediately got the writs
It will be a digital transformation, says the Supreme Court, but how will it make sure that every litigant has equal access to technology?
The Judicial and Bar Council sets new rules, but faces questions on constitutionality
The Office of the Court Administrator is tasked to determine if there are quarantine violations
(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order
'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'
Only a skeleton staff shall report to work even in GCQ, says the Supreme Court
All courts in Metro Manila are authorized to do hearings via video conferencing
'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
(UPDATED) The voting was 13-2, with Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa dissenting, sources said
'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court
(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely
In another historic adjustment, the Judicial and Bar Council will screen applicants through online interviews
'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta signs and releases Administrative Circular No. 38 as one of the Supreme Court's responses to the coronavirus pandemic
After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut
The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City
'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
The list will not be displayed at the Supreme Court premises. Bar takers should wait for the online release at home.