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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Why June is Important in the Philippine Judiciary

The Supreme Court Building in the 1930s
Photo credit: Mr. John T. Pilot

June is an important month for the Supreme Court because of the following events:

June 1, 2004 - The New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary and the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel took effect.

- Cayetano Arellano was appointed as the first Chief Justice in 1901.

June 2, 1989 - Proclamation 417 declared June 11 as Supreme Court Day 

June 5, 1899 - The Courts of First Instance and Justice of the Peace Courts are re-established in Manila

June 6, 2000 - Proclamation No. 322 declared June 11, 2000 to June 11, 2001 as "Centenary Year of the Supreme Court" 

June 7, 2011 - The Supreme Court upheld its decision dated November 23, 2010 which held the establishment of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) as constitutional in G.R. No. 191618 (Macalintal v. Presidential Electoral Tribunal).

- In 2011, the Supreme Court upheld former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's proclamation of a state of emergency in Maguindanao, Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat shortly after the Maguindanao massacre for failure of petitioners to demonstrate that the proclamation lacked factual bases in G.R. No. 190259 (Ampatuan v. Puno)

June 11, 1901 - The Supreme Court, Courts of First Instance, and Justice of the Peace Courts were formally organized under the Judiciary Law  (Act 136).

June 11, 1978 - The Sandiganbayan was established (PD 1486).

June 11, 1978  - The Katarungang Pambarangay Law was passed (PD 1508).

June 11, 2001  - The Supreme Court celebrated its Centennial Anniversary in 2001.

*** My sincerest gratitude to Mr. John T. Pilot for lending me his very valuable photo.  You may view his other amazing photos at

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