JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that the Judicial and Bar Council is set to convene next week to start the selection process for the next chief justice.
“The JBC en banc will meet on Monday and will surely take this up. It is expected that the JBC will direct the publication of a notice stating that it will now accept applications or nominations for the vacant CJ position,” said Guevarra, a regular member of the JBC.
The JBC is constitutionally mandated to screen applicants to the Judiciary and top Ombudsman positions.
It is currently chaired by Senior Associate Justice, now acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, with ex-officio members Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Senator Richard Gordon, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali. Its regular members include retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza, representing the justices and chairperson of the JBC Executive Committee, Atty. Jose Mejia, representing the Academe, Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and retired Judge Toribio Ilao, representing the private sector.