By Jeffrey Damicog
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has begun accepting applications for a seat at the Supreme Court (SC) which will become vacant upon the retirement of Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr. this May.
SC Clerk of Court and JBC Ex Officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta announced on Friday, January 17, that interested applicants must access and fill up the online application scheduler within 15 days then wait in their e-mail a computer-generated letter of intent.
After which, Aricheta said applicants should file a copy of the letter of intent and the documentary requirements to the JBC office in Manila “on their selected date and time of appointment, which must not be later than 4:30 p.m. of 3 March 2020 (Tuesday).”
“The date of actual receipt by the JBC of the complete documentary requirements shall be deemed as the date of filing. The qualification of applicants shall be reckoned as of the said deadline for filing of applications,” he stated.
“Further, applicants who have been found to have made false statements, misrepresentations, or concealments of any material information as provided for under the Revised JBC Rules shall be considered disqualified from being nominated by the Council,” he also warned.
The documentary requirements being sought from applicants include application letter or recommendation letter; authorization letter; personal data sheet; transcript of law school records; birth certificate; certificate of Admission to the Bar; certificate of payment of membership dues to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP); certificate of employment; service record; certificate of assumption or oath of office; certificate of compliance or exemption from the Mandatory Contrinuing Legal Education Program; sworn statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN); bank certifications; accomplished Individual Performance Commitment and Review (IPCR); samples of written decisions, resolutions or pleadings; medical examination records conducted not earlier than September 3, 2019;and clearances issued not earlier than September 3, 2019 including clearance/certification of pending and decided cases, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance, Ombudsman clearance, and Philippine National Police (PNP) clearance.
Reyes, will retire on his 70th birthday on May 11, was appointed as SC magistrate by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 13, 2017.
Prior becoming an SC justice, Reyes had been magistrate of the Court of Appeals (CA) since February 10, 2010.