The Supreme Court Appointments Watch works for enhanced citizens’ participation and greater integrity of the selection and appointment of the next Supreme Court Chief Justice. As part of its monitoring of the selection and appointments process, SCAW attended the public interviews of candidates to the Chief Justice post held last July 24 to 27 at the Supreme Court. To know more about the candidates' answers, click on the following links:
Supreme Court Appointments Watch
Court of Appeals Justice Estela Perlas- Bernabe has been appointed as the new Supreme Court justice to replace retired Justice Conchita Carpio- Morales who is now the Ombudsman.
To get to know her, below are TAN's notes during the Judicial and Bar Council's public interview of candidates to the Supreme Court. We also provided links to an article by the Newsbreak and to the Court of Appeals website for her profile.
On 13 August 2010, President Aquino named Asian Institute of Management's Executive Director, Atty. Lourdes Sereno as the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court. Below are some notes by SCA taken during the JBC's public interview of Atty. Sereno in July 2010:
ATTY. LOURDES SERENO. Atty. Sereno has been in the practice of litigation for 23 years and her involvement in litigation cases is both at the international and local levels. She also taught law for more than 20 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Asian Institute of Management and a pioneer of law and economics in the country. She has been involved in various engagements with the World Trade Organization, GRP Peace Panel, etc. She believes she also has expertise in other fields of laws such as criminal law, labor, anti-graft and corrupt practices, and taxation. She teaches Obligations and Contracts, International Law, etc.
Atty. Sereno believes she understands the systemic problem of the judiciary and that justice infrastructure is a key factor towards economic growth.
She would propose changes in the resolution/decision management system and put importance to the Court’s human resources.
On what made her decide to apply for the Supreme Court, she answered that at the end of the day, one can only have one house, one family, and there is always the deeper search for meaning. She also thinks that it is her objective to contribute to national quest for direction and justice. She believes in the virtue of temperance.
She is also ready for a secluded life because she has to be psychologically prepared for the workings of a justice. Her family is likewise ready for it, if she is appointed. She also consulted Justice Feliciano and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno in her application.
In response to SCAW's request for the voting records, the Judicial and Bar Council has released their voting records for their recent deliberations for the Supreme Court Associate Justice position vacated by Chief Justice Renato Corona. In addition to this, during its en banc meeting on 02 August 2010, the JBC agreed to SCAW's proposal to have the voting records posted in the JBC website after the Council's approval of the minutes containing such records. Click here to access the JBC voting records.
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