Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta on Tuesday expressed gratitude for his “positive approval rating” despite a “relatively lower awareness by the public” in the recent Pulse Asia survey.
SC Spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka said Peralta and the other magistrates of the judiciary “are all appointed officials, and, hence, we will logically have lower awareness by the public.”
The survey showed that Peralta garnered a 44 per cent approval rating in the Pulse Asia survey. He has majority approval figures in Metro Manila (55 per cent), Mindanao (52 per cent), and Class E (61 per cent).
Hosaka said: “More than anything, the Chief Justice is concentrated on providing the necessary reforms in the judiciary to ensure the public that justice will be better served. That is the thrust of the Peralta Court.”
He pointed out that “the Chief Justice is more concerned on the effectiveness of the rules and circulars that were issued and implemented during his first year as Chief Justice, which includes those issued during the COVID-19 pandemic in order for the public to have continuous access to our Courts.”
He also said that Peralta is set to make public the SC’s achievements in the 10-point program the Chief Justice announced last year when he assumed the highest post in the judiciary.
Peralta is expected to head the judiciary until his mandatory retirement on March 27, 2022 at 70 years old.
Immediately after he assumed the Chief Justice post last year, Peralta laid down a 10-point program that will govern his term as Chief Justice.
Peralta said the de-clogging of the courts’ dockets, from the SC down to the lowest courts, is one of his priority programs.
To achieve the de-clogging of court dockets, Peralta said clerks of court in the SC “will be required to conduct periodic inventory of all the cases pending in their divisions and consult with the court en banc (full court) on how to solve the issue of backlog and other concerns.”
Peralta’s other programs include the:
- Implementation of the duly-revised rules of court and the continuous revision of the rules of court and other rules of procedure to be more responsive to the needs of court users.
- Automation of court processes and incorporation of court technology in hearing and trial.
- Continuation of the weeding out of misfits from the judiciary and adoption of a system where the court may initiate on its own the investigation of cases being handled by members of the judiciary even in the absence of complaints.
- Strengthening of the Office of the Court Administrator which supervises all lower courts and the implementation of the judicial integrity board.
- Strengthening of policies and guidelines on the security of justices, judges, and halls of justice nationwide.
- Setting up of a “help desk” in the Office of the Chief Justice and other offices to receive the concerns of court users.
- Monitoring of performance in all courts especially for the observance of the rules on hearing dates, including the observance of reglementary and prescribed periods to resolve pending incidents.
- Improvement of procurement and bidding processes for faster and timely implementation of projects.
- Creation of a strategic planning management unit for the organized planning implementation, monitoring and evaluation of court projects geared towards court specified goals that are aligned to the country’s national development plans.
In his first meeting with other SC magistrates and other officials and employees, Peralta said “I will lead by example.”
“To achieve our goals and aspirations, each and everyone in the judiciary must be guided by this motto: Let us be united and let us follow the rules,” he added.