JBC to start screening aspirants for SC associate justice

July 12, 2010 10:36 pm 

MANILA, July 12 — The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to start the screening of the aspirants for the vacant post of Associate Justice in the Supreme Court (SC).

In a press conference on Monday, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that by Tuesday, the list of the applicants for the position vacated by Chief Justice Renato Corona will be published in the leading newspapers of general circulation.

Marquez added that the public interview for the applicants has been set on July 19, 2010 and is expected to last for four days.

Marquez expects that before August this year, the JBC will be able to submit to Malacanang its shortlist of nominees, from which President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III can choose his first appointee in the Judiciary.

The JBC is an independent constitutional body mandated to screen nominees to positions in the Judiciary.

It submits its shortlist of nominees of at least three to four names to the Office of the President for its consideration.

In turn, the President has a period of 90 days from the time of the existence of the vacancy in the Judiciary within which to make the appointment to fill up such vacancy. (PNA)

scs/PTR

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