BACOLOD CITY – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is challenging the country’s judges to hasten justice for litigants by resolving an estimated 600,000 cases clogging court dockets.
Sereno spoke about the court backlog during the midterm convention of the Philippine Judges Association in this city. She did not grant media interviews after her speech.
The Chief Justice said every judge needs a co-terminus legal assistant, hence the need for an additional 2,000 court employees.
Sereno also sees the need to decentralize courts and to use information technology to improve services.
The judges applauded when the Chief Justice announced that their P30,000 special allowance for justices and judges (SAJJ) will continue. They earlier feared losing this benefit under the leadership of Chief Justice Renato Corona.