Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosmari D. Carandang is sworn in by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo as Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) at the Supreme Court Session Hall this afternoon.
The second female retired Supreme Court Justice to have been appointed as head of the PhilJA, the Court’s judicial education arm, Chancellor Carandang mandatorily retired as Supreme Court justice last January 9. She served in the High Court for more than three years.
A native of Ilog, Taal, Batangas, Chancellor Carandang was born to public school teachers Sixto and Loreto Carandang. She was a consistent
valedictorian from grade school at San Luis Elementary School, to high school at Batangas West High School.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, the same university where she earned her Bachelor of Laws degree, graduating cum laude and Salutatorian of the Class of 1975. She placed 9th in the 1975 Bar Examinations.
Before she joined the Judiciary, Chancellor Carandang worked for private financial and government institutions. In December 1993, she was appointed Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Manila, Branch 12, where she also served as one of its Vice-Executive Judges. She was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals in March 2003, serving the appellate court for over 15 years until her appointment as the 181st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in November 2018.
Chancellor Carandang succeeds retired PhilJA Chancellor and Supreme Court Justice Arturo D. Brion, who in turn succeeded retired Chancellor and Supreme Court Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna. The first Chancellor of the PhilJA was the late Justice Ameurfina A. Melencio- Herrera. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)