Jun 14, 2021 @ 10:51

IBP welcomes Gesmundo’s vow to resolve cases within two years

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Monday welcomed the recent statement of Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo that cases filed with the Supreme Court (SC) since April 5 would be resolved within two years from the date it was submitted for decision.

“We strongly support the significant shift for timely disposition of cases brought to the highest court of the land. The proactive announcement from the head of the judiciary will inspire and rally the trial and other appellate courts which are subjected to shorter constitutional deadlines.. ” the IBP said in a statement.

During his Meet the Press event Friday, Gesmundo said that he will focus on case decongestion during his term, which will expire on November 6, 2026.

“Likewise, my fellow justices and I have resolved to decide all petitions, cases, or matters that have been filed before the Supreme Court after April 5, 2021 strictly within the said 24-month period from date of submission pursuant to Section 15 (1), Article VIII of the 1987 Constitution, and to strictly observe requirements for the proper exercise of its power of judicial review,” he said.

Gesmundo was appointed chief justice by President Duterte following the early retirement of Diosdado Peralta.

Gesmundo earned his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1984. After passing the Bar Examinations in 1985, he entered government service as Trial Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

He was awarded Most Outstanding Solicitor in 1998. In 2002, he was promoted to Assistant Solicitor General. While working for the OSG, he was appointed Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) from July 1998 to February 2001.

After 20 years with the OSG, Gesmundo was appointed associate justice of the Sandiganbayan on October 15, 2005. He served as Chairperson of its 7th Division and as co-Chairperson of the anti-graft’s Committee on Rules until he was named to the high court. He was examiner in Remedial Law in the 2009 and 2015 Bar Examinations.

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