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Public Information Office
5th Floor, SC-CA Building, Padre Faura St., Ermita, 1000 Manila.

Telephone (02) 522-5090; 522-5094
Telefax (02) 526-8129
Email pio@sc.judiciary.gov.ph

As part of our efforts to serve you better, we have enumerated below the various offices of the Supreme Court, as well as other offices we feel may be able to assist you with your queries. Should any of your concerns fall under the scope of the responsibilities of the offices below, we encourage you to contact them directly so that your concerns can be acted upon promptly.

For example, if you would like to ask about anything pertaining to the Bar examinations (e.g., results, requirements, fees, etc.), please get in touch with the Office of the Bar Confidant.

Clerk of Court

Telephones (02) 525-4058;
525-0620 (Conference Room)
Telefax (02) 525-3208

Atty. Edgar O. Aricheta
Telephone (02) 524-9560

First Division
Atty. Librada C. Buena
Telephone (02) 525-0717;
522-0969 (Conference Room)

Second Division
Atty. Ma. Lourdes C. Perfecto
Telephone (02) 524-6919;
522-1217 (Conference Room)

Third Division
Atty. Wilfredo V. Lapitan
Telephone (02) 523-0823;
5255228 (Conference Room)

Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC)

Telephone (02) 526-8122

Through the OBC, the court conducts Bar Examinations (which now includes Shari'a Bar Examinations) to test whether an applicant for admission to the practice of law has the requisite ability and legal learning or intellectual qualifications or fitness. In connection with disciplining lawyers, the OBC receives administrative complaints, processes and submits the same to the Court for appropriate action.

The Chief of the OBC is known as the Bar Confidant, now occupied by Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa.

Judicial Records Office (JRO)

Telephones (02) 523-6464;
521-8026 (Judgement Division);
524-6607 (Docket Receiving)

The JRO takes charge of receiving, compiling, processing, and reporting all pleadings necessary for the proper adjudication of appealed judicial cases whether civil or criminal in nature as well as original actions properly belonging to the Supreme Court. The "pleadings" referred to are petitions, answers, comments, motions, replies, memoranda, manifestations, briefs and court records. Rejoinders and sur-rejoinders are no longer allowed under the rules.

The chief of the JRO is Atty. Basilia T. Ringol

SC-Office of the Administrative Services (SC-OAS)

Telephone number: (02) 552-9532

The Office of Administrative Services (OAS) plans, recommends, and implements personnel management and development programs. It also handles the administrative service functions of the Supreme Court, including the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Judicial Bar and Council (JBC), the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), the PHILJA Development Center, Maintenance Sections of the Halls of Justice, and the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Office (MCLEO).

The OAS has nine divisions: the Personnel Division, Training Division, Leave Division, Employee Welfare and Benefits Division, Complaints and Investigation Division, Records Control Division, Security Division, Maintenance Division, and Property Division.

Fiscal Management and Budget Office (FMBO)

Telephone (02) 525-7792

The FMBO is tasked with all financial transactions of the Supreme Court including that of the OCA, all the Halls of Justice, the PhilJA, and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. It prepares and processes vouchers to cover payment of salaries, allowances, office supplies, equipment, and other sundry expenses, utilities, janitorial and security services and maintenance and other operating expenses and issues the corresponding checks thereof. It prepares and submits to the DBM and Congress the proposed budget of the Judiciary including pertinent schedules for each year. Salary and policy loans with the GSIS and Pag-ibig are coursed through this Office. It prepares and submits consolidated financial statements and reports to COA, DBM, Treasury and Congress. It also takes charge of all financial transactions of the SC Health and Welfare Plan which include collections, deposits, disbursements as well as preparation of financial reports and bank reconciliations.

Public Information Office (PIO)

Telephone (02) 522-5090; 522-5094
Telefax (02) 526-8129

The PIO's primary task is to disseminate, as promptly and as widely as possible, news about the Supreme Court and its decisions and provide the public with judicial information in a manner that the general public can easily comprehend.

At present, the spokesperson of the Supreme Court and Chief of the PIO is Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka.

Management Information Systems Office (MISO)

Telephones (02) 552-9622;
(SPPED Technical)
525-7223 (Satellite);
523-7672/5258178 (EDP)

The MISO is the computer technology arm of the Supreme Court. It is tasked with providing technical expertise on the formulation of system design studies and application system development as well as support services on hardware maintenance. The goal is to support and guide the Court in establishing state-of-the-art information technology in its computerization efforts. It currently manages various websites within the judiciary.gov.ph domain such as that of the JBC, CTA and Sandiganbayan. It consults the Committee on Computerization on policies and implementation of new technology or improvement of systems already used either in the Supreme Court or in lower courts.

The MISO is headed by Mr. Joselito N. Enriquez (Officer-in-Charge)

Program Management Office (PMO)

Telephone (02) 552-9579

Headed by Mr. Nestor U. Venturillo, the PMO was created by the Supreme Court to coordinate and manage the technical and administrative aspects of the judicial reform program implementation, particularly the implementation of the Action Program for Judicial Reform (APJR). The APJR contains a wide-ranging yet comprehensive set of reform projects and activities aimed at enhancing judicial conditions and performance for the improved delivery of judicial services.

SC Library

Telephone (02) 524-2706

Supreme Court Library Services, which assists the Chief Justice, Associate Justices, the officers and the lawyers of the Court in their legal research tasks.

At present, the Supreme Court has a network of libraries with the Main Library housed at the first floor of the New Supreme Court Building with 29 mini-libraries distributed among the four Supreme Court Buildings in Manila, one in Baguio City and one at the Philippine Judicial Academy in Tagaytay City. It is responsible for the acquisition and distribution of all books to the lower courts and 74 Court Libraries throughout the Philippines.

Office of the Court Administrator (OCA)

Telephones (02) 521-6809;
523-7385; 525-1238.

The OCA is tasked with the supervision and administration of the lower courts and their personnel. It reports and recommends to the Supreme Court all actions that affect lower court management, personal and financial administration and administrative discipline. Complaints against judges and court personnel are filed with this office.

The OCA is headed by Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez. His deputies are Deputy Court Administrators Raul B. Villanueva, Jenny Lind Adecoa-Delorino and Assistant Court Administrator Lilian Barribal-Co and Maria Regina Adoracion Filomena M. Ignacio.

Jose Midas P. Marquez
Court Administrator
Telephones (02) 515-7143; 523-5133; 523-2318

Raul B. Villanueva
Deputy Court Administrator
Telephones (02) 524-5981

Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino
Deputy Court Administrator
Telephone (02) 536-9253

Lilian Barribal-Co
Assistant Court Administrator

Maria Regina Adoracion Filomena M. Ignacio
Assistant Court Administrator

OCA-Office of Administrative Services (OCA-OAS)

Telephone (02) 523-0536

The primary role of the OAS is to provide prompt, efficient, effective and economical delivery of essential support services to all the lower courts. These support services encompass the management of personnel, leave matters, employees' welfare and benefits, as well as the property and records management. It has six divisions performing these duties, namely:

1. RTC, RTC JURISCONCULT Personnel Division
2. MeTC, MTCC, MTC, SDC, SCC Personnel Division
3. Employees' Leave Division
4. Employees' Welfare and Benefits Division
5. Records Division
6. Property Division

Court Management Office (CMO)

Telephones (02) 536-9040;
404-2731 (Lawyer's Room);
404-2735 (Planning Division);
523-6479 (Statistics Division);
525-7196 (Fiscal Monitoring Div.)

The CMO provides services relating to judicial supervision and monitoring; judicial audit and inspection; judicial assignments and placements; and circuitization and decircuitization of courts; and delineation of the territorial areas lower courts. It is also responsible for the compilation, analysis and validation of case data gathered, fiscal monitoring, audits and reconciliation. It also reviews work systems, procedures and processes and formulation of plans and strategies for the OCA and the lower courts.

Fiscal Monitoring Division (FMD)

Telephone (02) 536-9265

The FMD is mandated by the OCA with the power, authority and duty to examine, audit and reconcile all funds collected by the Clerks of Court (Accountable Officers / Officers-in-Charge) of the RTC, MeTC, MTC, MCTC, MTCC, SDC and SCC.

Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA)

Telephone (02) 552-9520
Telefax (02) 552-9526

Under the leadership of Chief Justice Andres R. Narvasa, the Academy was originally created by the Supreme Court on March 16, 1996, through Administrative Order No. 35-96, and finally mandated by Republic Act No. 8557 on February 26, 1998. This law institutionalized PhilJA as a "training school for justices, judges, court personnel, lawyers and aspirants to judicial posts."

PhilJA is headed by its Chancellor, retired Supreme Court JusticeAdolfo S. Azcuna

Judicial and Bar Council (JBC)

Telephone (02) 552-9512
Telefax (02) 552-9598

The Judicial and Bar Council is tasked to oversee the appointment of judges in the first and second lever courts, as well as justices of our appellate courts. It interviews prospective applicants, evaluates their qualifications, and receives complaints or letters of support from the public regarding the applicants. It then forwards the list of qualified nominees to the President.

Its ex-officio Chairperson is Chief Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro.

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

Telephones (02) 687-7349;

The MCLE Committee is in charge of administering the rules, as may be necessary, for the implementation of the MCLE, subject to the approval of the Supreme Court. In consultation with the IBP Board of Governors, the MCLE sets the schedule of MCLE fees with the approval of the Supreme Court.

The MCLE Committee is composed of five members, namely, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court as Chair, and four members respectively nominated by the IBP, the Philippine Judicial Academy, a law center designated by the Supreme Court and associations of law schools and/or law professors. It is currently headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Bernardo P. Pardo.