This Month in History

September

2 – In 1914, the Court’s 78th Associate Justice and its 12th Chief Justice, Hon. Fred Ruiz Castro, was born.

– In 1992, the Court’s 52nd Associate Justice and its 9th Chief Justice, Hon. Cesar C. Bengzon, passed away.

4 – The Supreme Court approves the Judicial Affidavit Rule in 2012

7 – Hon. Natividad Almeda-Lopez is appointed the first woman Justice of the Court of Appeals in 1961

8 – The end of the Philippine-American War is declared in 1902

– Circuit Criminal Courts are established in 1967 (RA 5179)

9 – A Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is created in Manila in 1955 (RA 1401)

12 – In 1974, the Supreme Court rules that the exercise of the right of suffrage and the participation in election exercises constitute a positive act of election of Philippine citizenship in A.M. No. 533 (In Re Mallare)

15 – The Rules on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) take effect in 2000

17 – The Supreme Court is empowered to adopt rules to integrate the Bar in 1971 (RA 6397)

19 – LAW DAY

– Proc. No. 1477 declares September 19 of every year as “Law Day” in 1975

– A civil service system is adopted by the government in 1900

20 – The Muslim Code is promulgated in 1983 (PD 1083)

21 – President Ferdinand E. Marcos issues Proc. 1081 in 1972, placing the Philippines under Martial Law

22 – The Continuous Trial System is adopted to minimize delay in 1989

– September is declared as “Rule of Law Month” in 2004 by Proclamation 713

24 – In 1894, the Court’s 40th Associate Justice and its 6th Chief Justice, Hon. Jose Y. Yulo, was born.

25 – The People’s Court is established in 1945 (CA 682)

29 – The Declaration of Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite is ratified by the Malolos Congress in 1898