Background of the creation of the Judicial and Bar Council


(Excerpts taken from the speech of Hon. Justice Regino C. Hermosisima Jr., JBC Regular Member, during the JBC Strategic and Operations Planning Workshop on March 10, 2006 at Pan Pacific Hotel, Manila.)

     Before the 1987 Constitution, a good number of citizens, bar associations and civic organizations, and mass media, especially, expressed dissatisfaction over the nation’s system of dispensing justice with a vehemence that reached new heights, considering, (1) a persistently staggering backlog; (2) lazy, dishonest and incompetent members of the judiciary; (3) cumbersome procedures; and (4) dilatory tactics of litigants and lawyers.

Vision of the JBC

A JBC that is independent, efficient and a proactive sentinel of judicial service, guided only by the principles of integrity, excellence and competence; unfettered by the shackles of friendship, relationship, or other considerations, thus vesting the cloak of Magistracy on those who will best dispense justice for all.

Mission of the JBC1

  • To  recommend appointees to the Judiciary only persons of proven competence, integrity, probity and independence;
  • To enhance the quality of the search, screening and selection processes of the Council;
  • To speed up the processing of applications for vacancies especially for salas with heavy caseload;
  • To promote transparency and public awareness of matters involving the nomination process in the Council;
  • To insulate the nomination process from undue influence of any kind.


1 Formulated during the 2007 JBC Strategic and Operations Planning Workshop.

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