The Supreme Court (SC) has conferred the title “Chancellor Emeritus” of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) to retired Associate Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna who served as PhilJA chancellor until May 31, 2021.
Azcuna was granted the honorary title in resolution issued by PhilJA’s Board of Trustees (BOT) and approved by the SC. He was honored for his “leadership and outstanding achievements.”
PhilJA is the education arm of the SC. It was created by the SC in 1996. In 1998, it got its mandate under Republic Act No. 8557 which institutionalized the academy as “training school for justices, judges, court personnel, lawyers, and aspirants to judicial posts.”
Its governing board, known as BOT, is composed of the Chief Justice as ex-officio chairman; SC senior associate justice as ex-officio vice chairman; the chancellor of the academy; the presiding justices of the Court of Appeals (CA), Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), the Court Administrator, the president of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA), and the president of the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), as ex-officio members; and a judge of a first level court, as appointive member.
Azcuna was appointed PhilJA chancellor in 2009 immediately after his retirement as SC associate Justice.
In a statement, the SC’s public information office (PIO) said that under Azcuna’s leadership, PhilJa “kept up with the times by conducting seminars and workshops for justices and judges, as well as court personnel and lawyers virtually during the start of the government-imposed lockdowns because of the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic”
Retired SC Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion took over from Azcuna as PhilJA’s chancellor. He will serve the post for two years.
Brion took his oath of office before Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo last June 1.