MANILA – Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen assured lawmakers at the House Appropriations Committee that the Supreme Court is sparing no one, not even judges, in their fight against corruption in the judiciary.
Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva noted that 169 Regional Trial Court judges nationwide were sacked in 2012 over corruption cases; 202 cases were filed. The rest were meted other disciplinary sanctions.
Leonen didn't go into specifics because some cases may be elevated to the court or may be the subject of a future case before the court.
The judiciary is seeking an P18.4 billion budget for that branch of government for 2014.
Aside from that, the judiciary also wants to have 2,375 legal researchers who are co-terminus with the judges.
It also presented its accomplishment report for the Supreme Court.
As of December 2012, 11,302 cases were pending before the Supreme Court. Only 4,262 have been disposed.
For the whole judiciary, 167,475 cases have been adjudicated for the 1st half of 2013.
This number is projected to hit 416,947 by year end.
To expedite the handling of cases, it is developing a system of e-notices with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Justice for the service of court records.
In the case of the Maguindanao massacre, the Supreme Court has designated Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes to just handle that case. Assisting judges have been asked to handle other cases in her sala.
There is a vacancy of 199 judges.