De Castro bats for a Supreme Court with high standard of integrity

July 26, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, July 26 -– Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, one of the nominees for the vacant Chief Justice post, said on Thursday she is dreaming of an independent and efficient court with high standard of integrity.

De Castro, the third nominee to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday, explained that with her long years of service in the judiciary, she always fights for what she believes is right.

She said that because she is known to be a justice with high standard of integrity, nobody ever attempted to influence her.

De Castro also said that the public's lack of trust and confidence in the judiciary was due to the delay in the resolution of cases.

Hence, she stressed it is important to prioritize the access to justice and fast-track the grind of the wheels of justice.

De Castro likewise expressed the belief that technology will be a big help in improving government service, saying that when she was the presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan, she pushed for the computerized case management system.

She said she is also convinced that her co-magistrates would not be hesitant to declare publicly their respective Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), which was highlighted during the impeachment trial against former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

De Castro explained that when she was appointed to the SC, there was already an old guideline for the SALN of the justices and judges because they feared then that it could be used by losing parties in cases to harass them.

In order to eliminate corruption in the judiciary, De Castro said a feedback mechanism will help check the performance of the justices and the judges.

On the Bar examinations, De Castro proposed that those who failed the said tests should only be made to retake only those subjects where they failed.

De Castro was also included in the short list of nominees for the replacement of former Chief Justice Reynato Puno who retired on May 17, 2010 and was replaced by Corona. (PNA)

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