The next session of the Supreme Court is known next week
The new Supreme Court is expected to be known immediately after November 23.
On Friday, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) voted 4-2 to hold closed-type interviews or executive sessions with five top judges of the Supreme Court (SC) applying for the highest judicial position.
The JBC decided to abolish public interviews after the SC attempted to release its five top judges from such interviews.
He set up interviews on closed doors on November 23 and voted immediately after the candidate list.
This means that after that date, President Rodrigo Duterte can appoint a new chief justice after the transfer of the shortlist to Malacanang.
Manila Times learned that members of JBC who were against public interviews with senior SC judges Mariano del Castillo, acting JBC; and Justice Minister Menardo Guevarra and Senator Richard Gordon, members of JBC ek-officio.
Retired Judge Judge Jose Catral Mendoza, also a regular JBC member, has sought to give up public interviews in favor of executive sessions.
His proposal was adopted by the whole council.
Retired judges Toribio Ilao and Milagros Fernan-Caiosa, regular members of the JBC, voted that senior SC judges must pass public interviews.
Two of the senior court experts – Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin – were publicly interviewed for the highest courtwork during the term of office of then Prime Minister Teresa Leonardo de Castro.
As such, on November 23, only SC Justices Antonio Carpio and Estela Perlas-Bernabe will be interviewed.
Guevara has confirmed that most JBC votes have decided to give up a public interview with five top SC judges.
The council will automatically nominate the five most successful judges SC-Peralta, Bersamin, Carpio, Bersamin and Bernabe del Castillo, but will have to submit a letter of conformity / acceptance and comply with all requirements, including delivering at least its latest 10 owed funds reports, liabilities and net worth or SALN.
Del Castillo, however, refused an automatic nomination, giving him the place to become acting chairman of the JBC, not Carpio, who accepted the nomination.
SC Justice Andres Reies Jr. re-registered for this function.
Reies, Peralta and Bersamin will no longer be interviewed because their previous interviews remain valid for one year after their last application for the post of chief justice who eventually went to De Castro.