SC Justices Meet with United States National Center for State Courts Representative
October 11, 2022
Officials of the Philippine Judiciary, led by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo and Senior Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, met with Mr. Jeffrey Apperson, Vice President for International Relations of the United States National Center for State Courts (US NCSC) at the Supreme Court of the Philippines on Monday, October 10, 2022, to discuss the Court’s plans to improve the Judiciary and its administration.
Also present were Justice Theresa C. Gomez-Estoesta of the Sandiganbayan, Justice Jose Lorenzo dela Rosa of the Court of Appeals, Judge Marivic T. Daray of Digos City, Davao Del Sur Regional Trial Court, Branch 18, Judge Niño Delvin E. Embuscado of the Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 66, Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief Technology Officer Atty. Jed Sherwin G. Uy, Atty. Antonio Ceasar R. Manila from the Office of the Chief Justice, and Atty. Chudney G. Ngo, Representative/Project Manager from the U.S. Embassy.
Chief Justice Gesmundo welcomed the collaborative approach of the US NCSC and its unique insight into the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing state courts such as addressing issues on access to justice, technology migration, and cyber security.
The Chief Justice cited the specific areas which the Court had identified to be the centerpiece of its judicial reform initiative by way of the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 or the SPJI. The SPJI, which the Court En Banc approved on June 28, 2022 under A.M. No 22-04-26-SC, serves as the institutional blueprint for judicial reforms and is a result of the thorough consideration of various ideas, aspirations, plans and proposals with the goal of delivering responsive and real-time justice demanded by the times.
With over 50 years in sharing authoritative knowledge and expertise, the US NCSC has successfully leveraged the same to address current and emerging issues and trends in state court administration. The independent, non-profit organization’s mission―promoting the rule of law and improving the administration of justice in state courts and courts around the world – fits perfectly with the Supreme Court’s SPJI agenda. (Courtesy of the Supreme Court Public Information Office)