Justice Singh on the Environment: Judicial Mechanisms and Innovations are at the Forefront of Environmental Protection and Preservation
November 13, 2023
Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh serves as speaker at the Asia-Pacific Judicial Training Program on Environment and Climate Law and Adjudication on November 3, 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Workshop participants listen to Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh as she discusses environmental justice at the Asia-Pacific Judicial Training Program on Environment and Climate Law and Adjudication on November 3, 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh shared the best practices and innovations of the Philippine Judiciary in administering environmental justice with judges from other jurisdictions on November 3, 2023. This exchange took place at the Asia-Pacific Judicial Training Program on Environment and Climate Law and Adjudication, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Asia-Pacific Judicial Training Program on Environment and Climate Law and Adjudication is an international workshop organized by ClientEarth in collaboration with the Judicial Training Centre of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Centre for Environmental Law. Its purpose is to strengthen the capabilities of judges from Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific in handling environmental cases and to update them on global legal developments related to environmental and climate issues, particularly those pertinent to Asia.
Associate Justice Singh was invited as a speaker in the workshop to provide insight on how the Supreme Court is addressing the struggle against environmental degradation through judicial innovations. Justice Singh discussed how the evolving challenges in environmental protection led to the formulation of modern judicial remedies, such as the writ of continuing mandamus, the writ of kalikasan, and environmental protection orders.
Aside from judicial remedies, Justice Singh also discussed other avenues of reform that the Court is undertaking to ensure better environmental protection, such as the revision of the Rules of Procedure in Environmental Cases, the Justice Sector Coordinating Council’s collaboration with executive government agencies engaged in environmental protection, the expedited resolution of cases involving encroachment of protected areas, the application of eSubpoena in environmental cases, and the establishment of Green Justice Zones.
Justice Singh urged the judges to become more proactive, and to make full use of the judicial tools available to them to ensure the proper and timely administration of environmental justice. (Courtesy of the Office of Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh)