Carpio to retire with no court backlog

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Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio will be retiring with no court backlog during his 18-year stint as high court magistrate.

“It was a very long journey allowing me to write 935 full-blown decisions, 79 dissenting opinions, 30 concurring opinions, 13 separate opinions, and four concurring and dissenting opinions leaving no backlog,” Carpio said in his farewell message this morning (Monday).

The Judicial and Bar Council recently came up with a shortlist of nine candidates for Carpio’s post.

Shortlisted were Court of Appeals Justices Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Ricardo Rosario, Jhosep Lopez, Ma. Filomena Singh, Pablito Perez, Manuel Barrios, Edgardo delos Santos.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez also made it in the list.

The JBC is the constitutionally-mandated body to screen and vet nominees to key positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.

Under the 1987 Constitution, President Duterte has 90 days from October 26 within which to appoint Carpio’s replacement.

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