This Month in History


1 – The New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary and the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel take effect in 2004

2 – Proc. 417 declares June 11 as Supreme Court Day in 1989

5 – The Courts of First Instance and Justice of the Peace Courts are re-established in Manila in 1899

6 – Proc. 322 declares June 11, 2000 to June 11, 2001 as “Centenary Year of the Supreme Court” in 2000

7 – In 1903, the Court’s 62nd Associate Justice and its 10th Chief Justice, Hon. Roberto B. Concepcion, was born.

In 2011, the Supreme Court upholds its decision dated November 23, 2010 which held the establishment of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) as constitutional in G.R. No. 191618 (Macalintal v. Presidential Electoral Tribunal)

– In 2011, the Supreme Court upholds former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s proclamation of a state of emergency in Maguindanao, Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat shortly after the Maguindanao massacre for failure of petitioners to demonstrate that the proclamation lacked factual bases in G.R. No. 190259 (Ampatuan v. Puno)

11 – The Supreme Court, Courts of First Instance, and Justice of the Peace Courts are formally organized under the Judiciary Law in 1901 (Act 136)

– The Sandiganbayan is established in 1978 (PD 1486)

– The Katarungang Pambarangay Law is passed in 1978 (PD 1508)

– The Supreme Court celebrates its Centennial in 2001


– The Philippines is divided into 15 Judicial Districts in 1901 (Act 140)

– In 1957, the Court’s 18th Associate Justice and its 4th Chief Justice, Hon. Ramon Q. Avanceña, passed away. 

– The Interim Batasang Pambansa is inaugurated at the new legislative building in Quezon City in 1978. President Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as Prime Minister of the assembly

14 – The Court of Agrarian Relations is established in 1955 (RA 1267)

– The Supreme Court launches the electronic Court (e-Court) system at the Quezon City Hall of Justice in 2013

15 – Hon. Cayetano L. Arellano is appointed as 1st Chief Justice in 1901

16 – The Court of Tax Appeals is established in 1954 (RA 1125)

17 – The Judiciary Act of 1948 is passed in 1948 (RA 296)

– Hon. Roberto B. Concepcion is appointed as 10th Chief Justice in 1966

19 – Jose P. Rizal is born in 1861

– The People’s Court and Office of the Special Prosecutor are abolished in 1948 (RA 311)

21 – The Bar Flunkers Act of 1953 (RA 972) is passed

– Hon. Corazon J. Agrava is appointed the first woman Judge of the Court of First Instance in 1954

– The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (RA 1793) is established in 1957

– The Supreme Court promulgates the Code of Professional Responsibility for the legal profession in 1988


– Miguel Lopez de Legazpi appoints two alcaldes-in-ordinary, one alguacil mayor, and twelve regidores, to the newly-created town council of Manila in 1571

28 – In 2011, the Supreme Court rules that the term “capital” in Article XII, sec. 11 of the Constitution refers only to shares of stock entitled to vote in the election of directors, and directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. for possible violation of the constitutional limit on foreign ownership in utilities using the above definition of “capital” in G.R. No. 176579 (Gamboa v. Teves)

30 – Ferdinand E. Marcos takes his oath for the third time as President of the Philippines in 1981

– Chief Justice Pedro L. Yap retires in 1988