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“The judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such lower courts as may be established by law. Judicial power includes the duty of the courts of justice to settle actual controversies involving rights which are legally demandable and enforceable, and to determine whether or not there has been a grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the Government.”
or between individual litigants Interpret the law to make it enforceable and binding to all Supreme Court and other lower courts . Power to apply the laws to settle disputes between the State and private persons.
Adjudicatory Power ◦ To settle actual controversies involving rights ◦ To determine whether there has been a grave abuse of discretion to lack or excess of jurisdiction ◦ Legality of actions Lack of jurisdiction Lack of authority to act on the matter in dispute Judicial Review ◦ Interpret the law and make them binding judgements ◦ Constitutionality of the laws ◦ Constitutionality of no permit no rally policy Incidental Power ◦ powers essential for the discharge of their judiciary function ◦ Contempt of Court ◦ Subpoena ◦ Warrant of Arrest .
Power of the court to interpret the Constitution To declare any legislative or executive act as unconstitutional and invalid ◦ Grave abuse of discretion To uphold supremacy of the Constitution Limited to validity and legality issues .
Final decision maker Highest court of the land Classes of Courts Constitutional Court ◦ Provided by the constitution ◦ One Supreme Court ◦ Creations of law ◦ Lower courts Legislative Statutory Courts Courts below the Supreme Court .
Regular ◦ Court of Appeals ◦ Regional Trial Court Metropolitan Trial Court Municipal Trial Court Municipal Circuit Trial Court ◦ Shari’a District Court Special ◦ Sandiganbayan Review cases filed against government officials ◦ Court of Tax Appeals Review appeals on the decisions of the BIR .
yet they form part of the Executive Department . Agencies under the Executive Department performing duties similar to the Judicial Department Make pronouncements and judgements on certain issues ◦ Commission on Elections ◦ National Labor Relations Commission ◦ Securities and Exchange Commission ◦ They render judgements just like the Judicial Department.
and over petitions for certiorari. and habeas corpus. other public ministers and consuls. 1. The Supreme Court shall have the following powers: Exercise original jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors. mandamus. quo warranto. prohibition. .
proclamation. revise. order. or regulation is in question.2. ◦ All criminal cases in which the penalty imposed is reclusion perpetua or higher. reverse. or any penalty imposed in relation thereto. presidential decree. as the law or the Rules of Court may provide. modify. . Review. assessment. or affirm on appeal or certiorari. ◦ All cases involving the legality of any tax. ◦ All cases in which only an error or question of law is involved. law. final judgments and orders of lower courts in: ◦ All cases in which the constitutionality or validity of any treaty. instruction. international or executive agreement. ◦ All cases in which the jurisdiction of any lower court is in issue. impost. or toll. ordinance.
shall be uniform for all courts of the same grade. and procedure in all courts. 4.3. Order a change of venue or place of trial to avoid a miscarriage of justice. Rules of procedure of special courts and quasi-judicial bodies shall remain effective unless disapproved by the Supreme Court. and legal assistance to the under-privileged. . and shall not diminish. pleading. the admission to the practice of law. Assign temporarily judges of lower courts to other stations as public interest may require. or modify substantive rights. the integrated bar. Such temporary assignment shall not exceed six months without the consent of the judge concerned. 6. increase. 5. Promulgate rules concerning the protection and enforcement of constitutional rights. Appoint all officials and employees of the Judiciary in accordance with the Civil Service Law. practice. Such rules shall provide a simplified and inexpensive procedure for the speedy disposition of cases.
Settle disputes concerning consuls or diplomats ◦ They enjoy immunity from domestic suits or cases Petition for Certiorari ◦ Special civil action requesting a lower court or body to transmit the records to the superior court for review Prohibition ◦ Writ by which the superior court prohibits the lower court or body to stop further proceedings .
Mandamus ◦ Order by a superior court to a lower court to do perform a certain act which it is bound to do so Quo Warranto ◦ Action by the government to recover an office or franchise from an individual unlawfully holding it Automatic Review of Cases sentenced by lower court with Reclusion Perpetua or Death Penalty .
A Member of the Supreme Court must be at least forty years of age. a judge of a lower court or engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines. .(1) No person shall be appointed Member of the Supreme Court or any lower collegiate court unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines. and must have been for fifteen years or more.
probity. A Member of the Judiciary must be a person of proven competence. (3) . and independence. integrity.(2) The Congress shall prescribe the qualifications of judges of lower courts. but no person may be appointed judge thereof unless he is a citizen of the Philippines and a member of the Philippine Bar.
probity and independence For lower court Judges. Natural-born Philippine citizen At least 40 years old At least 15 years experience of being Judge at the lower court or engaged in the practice of law Person of proven competence. integrity. natural-born citizenship requirement is not necessary .
(2) . the President shall issued the appointment within ninety days from the submission of the list. For the lower courts. Such appointments need no confirmation.(1) The Members of the Supreme Court and judges of lower courts shall be appointed by the President from a list of at least three nominees preferred by the Judicial and Bar Council for every vacancy.
List of three nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) President will choose from the list .
” . The Supreme Court en banc shall have the power to discipline judges of lower courts.“The Members of the Supreme Court and judges of the lower court shall hold office during good behavior until they reach the age of seventy years or become incapacitated to discharge the duties of their office. or order their dismissal by a vote of majority of the Members who actually took part in the deliberations on the issues in the case and voted in thereon.
Retiring age at 70 years old Incapable of discharging duties ◦ Physically or mentally Requires to be impeached to be removed from office .
and all other cases which under the Rules of Court are required to be heard en banc. in division of three. All cases involving the constitutionality of a treaty. international or executive agreement. or seven Members. five. application. proclamations. or operation of presidential decrees. and other regulations. instructions. orders. (2) . It may sit en banc or in its discretion. Any vacancy shall be filled within ninety days from the occurrence thereof.(1) The Supreme Court shall be composed of a Chief Justice and fourteen Associate Justices. ordinances. which shall be heard by the Supreme Court en banc. shall be decided with the concurrence of a majority of the Members who actually took part in the deliberations on the issues in the case and voted thereon. or law. including those involving the constitutionality.
.(3) Cases or matters heard by a division shall be decided or resolved with the concurrence of a majority of the Members who actually took part in the deliberations on the issues in the case and voted thereon. that no doctrine or principle of law laid down by the court in a decision rendered en banc or in division may be modified or reversed except by the court sitting en banc. When the required number is not obtained. the case shall be decided en banc: Provided. and in no case without the concurrence of at least three of such Members.
At least three judges agreeing . Composed of 15 Judges Chief Justice Appointed by the President Hearing Procedure ◦ In performance of their job.Gravity and importance of the case . are they required to always meet as a single group of 15? ◦ Due to the huge volume of pending cases filed at them En banc Divisions of three members (5 divisions) Divisions of five members (3 divisions) Divisions of seven members (2 divisions) .
international law. laws ◦ presidential decrees. proclamations. and orders Majority of the members of the judiciary who participated in the hearing If majority votes were not obtained. Constitutionality Issues ◦ treaty. constitutionality is upheld 15 members – quorum is 8 – votes required is only 5 Administrative proceedings for the dismissal of a judge of a lower court . executive agreement.
the other disagreed? Case will be decided by en banc Modifying decisions in cases decided in an en banc session . Cases where majority vote is not obtained at the lower courts ◦ Division with 3 members ◦ Majority vote is equals to? 3 votes ◦ What will happen if two judges agreed.
independence of the Judiciary is very important Why? Confidence in the government ◦ Being aware that you have someone to depend on in case of disputes or conflicts Preservation of the government ◦ Settle issues being different government agencies Respect for law and order ◦ Organized and civilized society . Among the three branches of government.
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