MANILA - Recently appointed Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo was interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in November 2008. He was a Court of Appeals justice then.
Below is an excerpt of the interview based on the notes of Abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak researcher Purple S. Romero and the Supreme Court Appointments Watch:
What would be your biggest challenge in the Supreme Court?
To focus on small cases and gain the acceptance of peers
Do you believe in the revival of death penalty?
The matter should be left to Congress.
What would you suggest to JBC to help it weed out unworthy applicants?
Conduct a survey on nominees
How would you decide on a case that is legally correct but morally wrong?
Uphold the rule of law at all costs.
How many of your decisions have been reversed by the SC?
Can there be rule of law without social justice?
The rule of law should support social justice
What is your expertise?
Legal ethics, criminal law. Least favorite is taxation
Individual rights or protection of the state?
When there is room for doubt, tilt it in favor of the individual rights
If appointed, what can you contribute to the Supreme Court?
Automation of dockets- for transparency so that cases filed at the SC can be tracked down; unload the court with so many cases