“I have always accepted in all my 32 years of service as a judge that our courts would function and perform efficiently only because of hardworking and dedicated personnel like you,” thus said Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin as he addressed the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) Justices, officials, and employees during his visit on January 16, 2019 at the CTA compound in Diliman, Quezon City.
In his message, the Chief Justice briefly discussed his Four-Point Program, namely the “revision of the Rules of Courtwith the main goal of rendering our procedural laws responsive to the needs of the times as well as adaptive to the fast moving technological developments, attending to the infrastructure of the Judiciary (physical and quality), enhancing access to justice, and address[ing] the recurring problem of misfits and scalawags infecting our ranks.”
Chief Justice Bersamin stressed the importance of having judges “who know to apply the law evenhandedly which is only possible through proper training and years of experience,” shared some developments in regard to the construction of new court houses, made his call regarding the great need for a good number of lawyers, and emphasized the observance of proper decorum of the personnel of the Judiciary in the interest of public service.
The CTA is the first appellate court visited by the chief magistrate since his appointment to the highest position in the Judiciary on November 28, 2018. (Caption by Darylle Evie Mae C. Catabay; Photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez)