Rappler's latest stories on philippine judiciary
[OPINION | Just Saying] Judges should not take offense
'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'
Leonen's speech vs complicity trends as SC battles doubts on its independence
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
WATCH: 'Resist injustice:' Justice Leonen's speech at lawyers' oath taking
'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
Can Supreme Court under Peralta repeat Arroyo-time judicial activism?
The Court created a human rights committee under Sereno, but Peralta says he is yet to 'look into it'
Internet cafe for lawyers? How PH justice system will cope with new normal
It will be a digital transformation, says the Supreme Court, but how will it make sure that every litigant has equal access to technology?
[OPINION] Beyond rhetoric: How to improve legal education in the Philippines
'What we really need are lawyers who will choose legal education, and not just if free time will allow it'
In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk
Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.
After killings, bill for marshals and bodyguards for judges pushed
'We cannot allow these brazen attacks on judges to go on without a forceful answer,' says Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel
CJ Peralta backs automatic probes of corruption in judiciary
The new chief justice wants to apply the principle of 'res ipsa loquitur,' where decisions that appear irregular on its face shall be investigated without the need for a complaint
[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] The lawyer's oath and frivolous cases
Our rules should be amended to expressly provide for personal liability on the part of the lawyer or law firm behind the filing of frivolous cases
Davao City court holds first ever teleconference hearings in PH
In 15 minutes, Judge Emmanuel Carpio of Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 is done with the arraignment and pre-trial of suspects in two different cases
Assess lawyers, judges regularly – IBP executive VP
Assessing lawyers and judges regularly is important to maintain judicial independence, says IBP executive vice president Egon Cayosa
Rappler Talk: IBP's Egon Cayosa on judicial independence
On Monday, February 18, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Integrated Bar of the Philippines executive vice president Egon Cayosa about issues surrounding the judiciary
Rappler Talk: Mel Sta Maria on judicial independence and the Supreme Court
Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to lawyer Mel Sta Maria, dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law, on Monday, December 10
[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dagok sa hustisya ang pagpapalaya kay Bong Revilla
Tandaan natin ang araw na ito – Disyembre 7, 2018 – nagtagumpay ang mga alagad ng korupsiyon
'Special marshals' could prevent killings of judges
Special marshals are 'an elite force of armed professional state security operatives intended to provide protection to judges,' says Jose Agcaoili of the Philippine Bar Association
Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte
On Tuesday, October 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Cristina Bonoan of the Angeles State University about qualities needed in a chief justice and the challenges he or she will face
Better screening of cases can address Supreme Court backlog
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
Breaking up Supreme Court into 4 high courts weakens judiciary
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
Philippine experts believe the statements are a nudge to the ICC prosecutor to claim jurisdiction to investigate the war on drugs
Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary
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
Sereno urges students to fight for 'independent judiciary'
'Fight for freedom – want it, demand it, claim it,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells students in a forum in Bacolod City
Sereno tries to balance self-defense, healing wounds in SC
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces battles inside and outside the Supreme Court
Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head
'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk
[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill
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
High noon in the SC: Is martial law legal?
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
A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases
UPDATED Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?
EXPLAINER: How the Judicial and Bar Council works
(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'
Too many lawyers, not enough jurists!
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
CJ: We need to have 'very good' relations with executive
Sereno also says concern was what prompted her to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his drug list
Roxas: SC justices of next president can change character of judiciary
The wrong choice might mean that black becomes white and white becomes black And that s why we need to be very very careful the Liberal Party candidate says
#AnimatED: ‘Special’ treatment for Juan Ponce Enrile
In granting bail to a senator accused of plunder 8 Supreme Court justices rule in favor of the powerful
Chief Justice Sereno: Setting limits to power
In an exclusive interview with Rappler Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno talks about her personal paradigm for power and her plans to lead the reform of the judiciary
Sereno: Justice must be real-time, high-tech
The Chief Justice has 15 more years left in her term to transform Philippine courts from being repositories of paper to modern structures where accessing justice can be as easy as a click
Sereno: Independence is my best achievement
In an exclusive interview with Rappler Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno talks about her accomplishments leadership style and struggles in her first 3 years in office
Supreme Court justice a party to unpaid P20-million loan
EXCLUSIVE: Will now Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco be asked to pay for a multi million peso loan he endorsed 18 years ago?
#AnimatED: Misplaced rooting for lawyers
We have a bias for the legal profession because many of its members become part of our ruling elite
Sandiganbayan slams Ombudsman for case delays
In a resolution Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje Tang asks the Ombudsman to address the problem
Courts won't adopt 4-day work week in Metro Manila
The Supreme Court en banc nixes a Civil Service Commission memo to government agencies to voluntarily adopt shorter work week to help ease traffic in the national capital region
Sereno: SC rulings outlast presidents
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno refuses to engage in a word war with the President saying she does not want to add to the confusion
#AnimatED: A dreadful scenario
If a government that initially helped cleanse the Supreme Court has apparently lost faith in it and seems prepared to do mortal combat with it where are we headed?
Matters of consideration
The Supreme Court seems to be a cloaked society wary of the prying eyes of media and the public
SC sacks judge tagged in 'Ma'am Arlene' court bribery
2 other judges are suspended while another one is removed from a Manila court
The good king
In the world imagined by Benigno Aquino III checks and balances are unnecessary for as long as a good man stands at the helm
UP, Ateneo Law student gov'ts hit Aquino on DAP
Both student governments say the President did not respect the independence of the Supreme Court in his recent defense of the disbursement acceleration program
Aquino and the Sereno Court
This is becoming an unwieldy court as far as you re concerned Cut it some slack Mr President
SolGen asks SC to stop Aquino from picking next justice
UPDATED In an unprecedented move Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza asks the High Court to first have his name included in the list of nominees before allowing President Aquino to make a choice
Jinggoy to Aquino: Respect SC, as I respect Ombudsman
It s detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada s turn to tell President Aquino to respect the rule of law
‘Aquino SC impeachment threat worrisome’
Opposition Senator JV Ejercito believes the President clearly threatened Supreme Court justices in his July 14 speech
Prosecutors in plunder cases at 'tremendous disadvantage' – Diokno
The dean of the De La Salle University College of Law recommends the involvement of private prosecutors in the plunder cases