Sunday, September 23, 2018

Senate Committee on Justice approves Judges-at-Large bill


The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, through its Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon, has recently passed the legislative proposals to create new positions for Judges-At-Large.

In a public hearing by the said Senate Committee, Senate Bill Nos. 1681, 1691 and 2002, proposing the creation of Judges-At-Large, were given the approval to undergo their second reading in the Senate Plenary. With this latest development, the Judges-At-Large bill advances to becoming a new law that will definitely benefit every Filipino who seeks legal remedies from the courts. Senate Bill No. 1681 was sponsored by Sen. Sonny Angara while Senate Bill Nos. 1691 and 2002 were filed by Senators Win Gatchalian and Gordon, respectively.

Cong. Lord Allan Velasco, the original proponent of the measure, was elated to hear about the passage of the measure.  For their support and effort, Cong. Velasco expressed his gratitude to his counterpart legislators in the Senate, Senators Gordon, Gatchalian and Angara. 

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco

“We have to improve the image of the Judiciary in this country. With the creation of additional items for Judges-At-Large, heavily-burdened court dockets will be declogged and we can expect an increase in disposition rates of pending cases." said Velasco. "With this measure, we go beyond the textbooks and bring into reality the constitutional principle of speedy administration of justice. Once implemented, Filipinos will grow in faith and confidence in our judicial bodies once again,” he added.

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