The Supreme Court has more than 8,000 pending cases in the backburner and each of the 15 magistrates have to finish more than one case per day just to meet its Constitutional duty to resolve cases within two years after filing.
Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban said that with the President expected to replace two retiring Justices this month, he should place a premium on industry among the key traits in choosing the new magistrates.
“(The SC) is burdened with over 8,000 cases, many of which have been pending for over ’24 months from the date of submission’ for their decision, the period given by the Constitution to decide them. This means that each of the 15 magistrates have an average caseload of over 500 (8,000 divided by 15 equals 533) cases,” said Panganiban in his Inquirer column.
“In addition, each of them is raffled about new 40 cases per month. Consequently, each one must decide 40 cases per month, to keep up with the incoming load, and many, many more, to reduce the backlog. Indeed, the job awaiting the new justices is enormous and crucial,” said Panganiban.