RP, South Africa Judiciaries Sign Cooperation Accord

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Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno and Chief Justice Pius N. Langa of the Constitutional Court of South Africa signed in Pretoria yesterday an agreement that would enhance the relations of the two judiciaries, particularly on education and research.

In a statement, the Supreme Court's public information office said the signing of the Memorandum on Cooperation (MoC) was held after the two-day "World Conference on Constitutional Justice."

Puno, together with Justices Consuelo Ynares Santiago and Adolfo S. Azcuna, attended the conference that promoted cooperation among courts engaged in constitutional review and the promotion of human rights.

Late last year, Puno also signed an MoC with the Supreme People's Court of China led by President Wang Shengjun.

Both the MoCs with South Africa and China are aimed at promoting not only friendly relations between the country-signatories but also the continuing development of their respective judicial systems.

The articles under the MoC provide that the respective judiciaries of the Philippines and South Africa shall: (1) promote exchanges and cooperation between their respective judiciaries within the framework of friendly relations prevailing between them according to their respective judicial practice; (2) arrange and facilitate visits of the judicial personnel of their respective countries to promote acquisition of knowledge on each judicial system; (3) facilitate meetings between the heads and faculty of their respective judicial education institutes to further promote the sharing of views on curricular offerings and instructional strategies;

(4) encourage the attendance of their respective delegations to international conferences or seminars that either of them may host, on issues of regional or international concern that relate to their common interests; (5) endeavor to strengthen their cooperation in the fields of court management and administration, judicial education and training, comparative research on adjudication and judicial reforms, and the sharing of experiences among the local courts of each country; (6) promote the exchanges of information on legal and judicial systems as well as judicial publications; and (7) determine the resources that may be required, as well as the undertakings of each party, for the implementation of the MoC. …