THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to screen 14 applicants and nominees for a post in the Supreme Court that will be vacated by Associate Justice Jose Perez who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on December 14.
Most of the nominees come from the Sandiganbayan and the Court of Appeals.
Among the aspirants for the SC post are CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Rosmari Carandang, Stephen Cruz, Japar Dimaampao and Noel Tijam; and Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiros.
Also on the JBC list are regional trial court Judges Rowena Apao-Adlawan and Reynaldo Daway, chief public attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta, chief state counsel Ricardo Paras and Centro Escolar University law school vice dean Rita Linda Ventura-Jimeno.
The JBC received the names following the deadline for nomination and application last September 20.
The JBC has yet to publish the names of the official nominees as their qualifications and requirements are still being reviewed, according to an insider.
Under the rules, names of the applicants and nominees will be published to invite public support or objections.
They will then undergo psychological test and public interviews before the JBC comes up with a shortlist to be submitted to the President.
Justice Perez rose from the ranks in the SC and served as Court Administrator prior to his appointment to the SC.
He holds the distinction of being the high court’s first “homegrown” justice, having spent all the years of his professional life in the SC – starting as a legal assistant in the Office of the Reporter in 1971 before being picked as one of its associate justices on Dec. 26, 2009.
After Perez, Associate Justice Arturo Brion is also set to retire on December 29.