Justices of 5 Nations to Take Part in Video Conference, First in RP judiciarya[euro][TM]s History, Says Conference Chairman Panganiban

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Justices of 5 Nations to Take Part in Video Conference, First in RP judiciarya[euro][TM]s History, Says Conference Chairman Panganiban


Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN

Unprecedented in the history of the Philippine judiciary, chief justices and senior magistrates in five countries will discuss in a live video conference the judicial reforms instituted by their judiciaries on education, compensation, and selection of judges.

The historical event will be held Tuesday, next week, the second day of the three-day International Conference and Showcase on Judicial Reforms (ICSJR) at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.

Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, conference chairman and moderator in the video conference, said the event will be participated in by Filipino trial court judges in three locations a" Baguio City in Luzon, Cebu City in the Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao.

The live video conference will be from two points a" Washington DC, in the United States and Makati City in the Philippines.

Aside from discussing reforms on education, compensation, and selection of judges, the video conference will also explore reform initiatives that address issues on judicial independence, integrity, transparency, accountability, efficiency, and access to justice, Panganiban said.

Participating in the video conference in Washington, DC, are Justices Sandra Day OaConnor, Stephen Brayer, and Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.

On the Makati City panel are Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr., Supreme Court of the Philippines; Justice William Ian Corneil Binnie, Supreme Court of Canada; Deputy Chief Justice Paulus Effendi Lotulong, Supreme Court of Indonesia; and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Expected to participate in Baguio City, Cebu City, and Cagayan de Oro City are judges of the regional trial courts, metropolitan trial courts, municipal circuit trial courts, municipal courts, municipal trial courts in cities, and Shariaa courts.

A total of 17 chief justices and heads of delegation from 45 countries, including the Philippines, will speak and lecture in the three-day ICSJR. Twelve other members of foreign judiciaries and agencies in the justice system are also set to deliver lectures in the conference that officially starts on Monday next week. …

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