SAJ Leonen Reports on Status of SPJI Projects
October 17, 2023
Senior Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen shares a presentation on the status of the various projects under the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 (SPJI) during the Meeting with Development Partners and Stakeholders to commemorate the first anniversary of the SPJI held at the Rigodon Hall, Manila Hotel, on October 16, 2023. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)
Senior Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F Leonen highlighted the collective effort and commitment of the members of the Supreme Court in ensuring that the projects under the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 (SPJI) came into fruition, during a gathering with the Court’s development partners and stakeholders in commemoration of the first anniversary of the SPJI at the Rigodon Hall, Manila Hotel on October 16, 2023.
“It is possible for a court to work together,” said Associate Justice Leonen as he pointed out how the SC Associate Justices worked towards the fulfillment of the SPJI’s target outcomes, in addition to their adjudicatory functions, with each Justice spearheading a particular project under the SPJI.
Senior Associate Justice Leonen shared a presentation showing the projects that have been completed a year since the SPJI’s formal launch: a Philippine Judiciary Online Learning Platform; a Judiciary Enterprise ICT Governance Framework; Strengthened Legal Aid Initiatives; Adoption of Guidelines for the Use of Gender-Fair Language in the Judiciary and Gender-Fair Courtroom Etiquette; and a Study on Gender Representation and Mobility in the Philippine Judiciary.
Likewise, he presented the projects in progress under each outcome of the SPJI: Efficiency, Innovation, and Access.
Under the outcome of Efficiency, the Court’s existing projects are: System-wide process mapping; Reorganization Plan with Change Management Strategy; Creation of the Supreme Court Management Committee and Establishment of a Planning and Development Office; Creation of a Mental Health Unit in all court levels; Institutionalization of a socialized health insurance system for officials and employees; Operationalization of child-minding centers in the Court; Strengthening Judicial Education; Pursuing a Campaign for Ethical Responsibility; Enhancing Legal Education through Bar Reforms; Strengthening of the Judicial Integrity Board (JIB); and, Operationalizing the Judiciary Marshals Office.
The Court’s current initiatives under the outcome of Innovation are: Capitalizing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Legal Research and Other Court Operations; Establishing a Judiciary E-Library; Developing and Deploying eCourt System Version 2.0; Revision of the Rules of Court; Compiling and codifying all Rules; Collating and Publication of all Court Issuances and Guidelines; Developing a Five-Year ICT Strategic Plan (EISP); Developing a Judiciary MIS Operations Manual; Developing a Network Infrastructure for the Judiciary; and, Employing a redesign, coordination, and collaboration model through the revitalization of the National Justice Information System (NJIS).
Lastly, under the outcome of Access, the Court is currently undertaking the following: Development and Deployment of Intelligent Platforms for Self-Help Services, Public Assistance, and Public Access to Court-Related Information and Services; Institutionalization of the Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) in law schools; Strengthening the IBP Legal Aid Program; Retooling of Justice on Wheels; Establishing a Database of Free Legal Aid Providers; Expansion of the Justice Zones under the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC); Constitution of Committee on Shari’ah and Conduct of Institutional Review and Assessment of the Shari’ah justice system; Conducting Gender Sensitivity and Inclusivity Re-Orientation and Application Workshops; and, Commission a Study on Philippine Legal Feminism. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)