For the previous 22 years, 34 trial courtroom judges had been killed.
Most effective 23 instances involving the killings had been filed in courtroom. 8 instances had been determined – two convictions and 6 acquittals.
Which means that since 1999, handiest two instances of pass judgement on killings had been effectively resolved whilst six instances had been rendered futile.
The Excellent Courtroom (SC), via Courtroom Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, requested:
“Is that this now not a case of our judges themselves affected by injustice?”
The question was once posed because the SC steered the Senate to move a invoice, SBN 1947, for the enactment of the “Judiciary Marshals Act” that may create the Place of job of the Judiciary Marshals (OJM) below the SC “for the safety, protection, and coverage of the individuals, officers, body of workers, and assets of the Judiciary, together with the integrity of the courts and their court cases.”
Revealed studies said that the model of the Area of Representatives at the introduction of judiciary marshals has been handed and is now with the Senate. SBN 1947 is now within the length of amendments.
Ready paper which was once sought through Undersecretary Antonio A. Gallardo, presidential legislative liaison for the Senate, and submitted through Marquez, the SC mentioned the introduction of the OJM below the Place of job of the Courtroom Administrator (OCA) “is not going to handiest lend a hand deter those killings and assaults towards the individuals of the Judiciary however will likewise expedite and facilitate the investigation on those instances, in coordination with the involved regulation enforcement companies.”
“This may occasionally instill self assurance in our justices and judges within the management of justice and the release in their tasks, with out consistent worry for his or her security and safety,” Marquez mentioned.
Additionally, Marquez mentioned, the introduction of OJM “will relieve the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) and the Nationwide Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from prioritizing the safety, protection, and coverage of the judges and justices, and investigating threats and violence towards them, since the identical will now be basically lodged with the Judicial Marshals.”
He identified that the introduction of the OJM throughout the SC “is on no account violative of the constitutional provision of keeping up ‘one police pressure, which will likely be nationwide in scope and civilian in persona, to be administered and regulated through a countrywide police fee,’ taking into consideration the restricted mandate of the Place of job of the Judiciary Marshals below the proposed invoice.”
Marquez’s letter additionally said:
“The Charter expressly vests judicial energy to the courts of regulation. Any establishment given this energy wishes a prime level of independence within the workout of its purposes. Thus, constitutional safeguards had been equipped to verify the independence of the courts. However those constitutional safeguards shall be pointless if our judges will proceed to cower in worry.
“Judicial independence has been outlined as ‘the liberty of the judiciary to render justice quite, impartially, in line with regulation… with out worry of reprisal, intimidation, or different affect of attention.’
“Additionally, the prerogatives of the courtroom which the Charter secures towards interference comprises now not handiest the powers to adjudicate reasons however all issues which can be fairly important for the management of justice.
“Thus, so as to give protection to this judicial independence, justices and judges should have the ability to make brave, even unpopular selections realizing that they are going to now not be threatened, harm, or killed for shelling out justice.”