Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday (Dec. 31) asked the public to support the judicial reforms he initiated.
“Since I took over the helm of the judiciary two months ago as its 26th Chief Justice, I cannot help but feel encouraged and hopeful that the reforms I have presented for the judiciary will soon gain traction in the new year to come,” he said in his New Year’s message.
The Chief Justice explained the reforms are “geared towards providing swift, efficient, fair, and responsive justice for all Filipinos regardless of stature.”
“However, for these initiatives to succeed, not only do we need the active participation o everyone in the judiciary, but more importantly the support of all Filipinos,” he pointed out.
Last October 23, Peralta was picked by President Rodrigo Duterte as top magistrate to replace retired chief justice Lucas Bersamin.
Following his appointment, Peralta introduced his 10-point agenda: elimination of backlog in the Supreme Court and all other courts; implementation of duly approved revised rules of court and the continuous revision of the rules of court and other rules of procedure; incorporation of top technology in hearings and trials which will apply to both judicative and administrative processes of the court; adoption of a system where the court may initiate on its own the investigation of cases being handled by members of the judiciary even in the absence of complaints; strengthen the Office of the Court Administrator and implement the Judicial Integrity Board; strengthening the security of our justices, judges, and halls of justice; set-up a 24/7 helpdesk in the Office of the Chief Justice; monitoring the performance of all courts; improvements in the procurement process through the creation of a designated office; and creation of strategy planning management unit for organized planning, implementation, and evaluation of court projects.