Chief Justice Gesmundo to Judges: Be Exemplars of Effective, Efficient Administration of Justice

March 11, 2022

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo exhorts all judges to be exemplars of effective and efficient administration of justice, especially since they are the frontliners of the Judiciary.

During a courtesy call on Chief Justice Gesmundo by the officers and members of the Philippine Trial Judges League, Inc. (PTJLI) on Friday, the Chief Justice reiterated that trial judges are the Judiciary’s frontliners and are the base of the pyramid and foundation of the structure of the Judiciary. “The top stone of the pyramid, when you look at it, is the Supreme Court En Banc but the base and the strength of the pyramid lies on the first- and second-level courts. I want that base to be strong…to be exemplars of an effective, efficient administration of justice. You are as equally important as the members of the En Banc,” he stressed.

The Chief Justice has underscored on several occasions that as the Judiciary frontliners, the trial judges must assure that people transacting with the court involving cases musts be satisfied because what they do will reflect on the entire Judiciary.

The Chief Justice also reaffirmed the Supreme Court’s commitment to protect the Judiciary, saying: “The first and foremost responsibility of the Chief Justice is to protect the Judiciary. But I cannot give protection without the support of the En Banc. The Court is a collaborative, participative, and consultative Court. Let us all bear in mind that the Chief Justice is not the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court are the 15 Justices as provided in the Constitution.”

The PTJLI is an association of judges of the Municipal Trial Courts and the Municipal Circuit Trial Courts nationwide. (Courtesy of the SC Public  Information Office)