SC creates 50 judges-at-large posts; JBC announces over 150 vacancies

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 03 2020 08:44 PM

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday created 50 judges-at-large posts as the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) announced over 200 vacancies in the judiciary.

The SC en banc, in a resolution dated December 3, 2019 but released to the media Friday, ordered the creation of 30 regional trial judges-at-large and 20 municipal trial judges-at-large posts all over the country, in partial implementation of the Judges-at-Large Act of 2019.

The law aims to decongest court dockets with the appointment of additional judges.

A subsequent announcement from the JBC said groups of 10 of these regional trial judges-at-large will be assigned to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. 

For municipal trial judges-at-large, 10 will be stationed in Luzon and 5 each for Visayas and Mindanao.

Aside from the judges-at-large positions, the JBC announced vacancies for over 150 regional and municipal/metropolitan trial courts all over the country.

The JBC is also looking for a new chair and 3 regular members of the Legal Education Board (LEB).

Former LEB Chair Emerson Aquende’s and a regular member’s terms ended in January last year while 2 other regular members’ terms will lapse in January this year.

Deadline for all positions is set on February 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.