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Bersamin reiterates dress code in courts

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Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Friday reiterated that he will be imposing a stricter dress code in the judiciary in order to instill decency and discipline in all courts nationwide.

Bersamin made the reiteration during his visit at the Quezon City Hall of Justice where he was welcomed by judges of the Quezon City regional court and Metropolitan trial court.

In his speech, Bersamin called on justices, judges, and court employees to wear decent and presentable clothes.

He pointed out that he wanted to bring back the good image of the judiciary, starting with the clothes that should be worn.

“It is high time to bring back the image of the judiciary that is well respected and conscious of its place in the society,” he vowed, adding dress code would be the start of his “house cleaning” with weeding out erring and corrupt judges and personnel as main goal.

There will be no more mini-skirts, no t-shirt , no shorts policy under my watch, he said.

At the same time, Bersamin discouraged all court employees from using cellular phones unless necessary.

“If you were in the public areas of the court, in the corridors, the lobbies, the elavators do no be caught using the cellphones. If ever the cellphone rings and you are to answer, please go inside the room and conceal yourself from the public and respond to the cellphone. Huwag po kayong magsigawan sa loob ng public areas dahlia ayoko pong marinig na ang mga tao ng hudikatura ay walang pinag-aralan o walang modo,” Bersamin said.

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