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SC invites retired magistrates to join Judicial Integrity Board

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The Supreme Court (SC) has invited retired magistrates to fill the seats of the Judicial Integrity Board (JIB) which is tasked to look into reports of corruption within the judiciary.

“The CJ (Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta) wants this done as soon as possible,” SC Spokesperson Brian Hosaka said.

“And he has confirmed that they have written the association of retired justices to request for interested applicants to be members of the JIB,” he disclosed.

Under the rules, Hosaka said the JIB chairperson and vice chairperson should magistrates of the SC who “compulsorily or optionally” retired.

The spokesperson said the other three members of the JIB should be magistrates who “compulsorily or optionally” retired from the Court of Appeals (CA), Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).

Peralta this year reinvigorated the JIB along with Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office (CPIO).

The high tribunal explained the JIB will act on complaints against erring justices, judges, officers and employees of the judiciary.

While, the CPIO will conduct investigation on erring justices of the tertiary courts; and judges and personnel of the lower courts, including the Shari’a Courts; and the officials and employees of the Office of the Jurisconsult, Court Administrator, Deputy Court Administrator, Assistant Court Administrators and their personnel.

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