Shortlist for Chief Justice revealed by JBC

August 14, 2012

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has come out with its shortlist for the vacant position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III. Among the candidates contained in the shortlist are Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Roberto Abad, Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Teresita Leonardo de Castro and Arturo Brion, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, former Ateneo Law Dean Cesar Villanueva and former Rep. Ronaldo Zamora. The position of Chief Justice became vacant after former Chief Justice Renato Corona was found guilty in his Senate Impeachment Trial last May 29, 2012 for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust for his failure to declare $2.4 million and P80 million in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth. Under the 1987 Constitution, the President has 90 days or until August 27, 2012 to decide on who will be the next Chief Justice. The 1987 Constitution also requires that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court be at least 40 years old, must have practiced law or served as judge for 15 years, and with proven competence, integrity, probity and independence. To see how the JBC voting went, please visit this link.

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