Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo is paid a virtual courtesy call by the European Union to the Philippines, led Ambassador Luc Véron, Minister Counsellor and Head of Cooperation Christoph Wagner, and Programme Manager Louise Dey, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Joining the Chief Justice are Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Justice Rodil V.
Zalameda, Justice Mario V. Lopez, Justice Ricardo R. Rosario, and Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez.
The Chief Justice took the occasion to underscore the contributions of the European Union in furthering the improvement of the justice system in the Philippines, emphasizing the strides made in the sector-wide coordination of the justice system and in its long-term reform strategy. Chief Justice Gesmundo likewise highlighted the support extended by the European Union to the Justice Sector Coordinating Council and the establishment, operation, and capacity-building of the seven existing Justice Zones which have resulted in the reduction of case backlog in courts and prosecution services, most notably in 94 identified heavily congested courts in the Third and Fourth Judicial Regions.
During the courtesy call, Chief Justice Gesmundo identified his judicial reform priorities—the development and establishment of an information and communications technology infrastructure for the judiciary, and the review and assessment of the organizational structure and operations of the various offices of the judiciary—and expressed his hopes that the European Union will support these as well. Ambassador Véron, on the other hand, reassured the Chief Justice of the European Union’s support for the latter’s reform initiatives.###