THE Judicial Bar Council (JBC) has announced that applications and recommendations are now open for the now vacant Court of Appeals (CA) justice post and judges of local courts in Region 4.
In its announcement, JBC said the position of CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes will be open following his appointment as new magistrate of the Supreme Court.
Reyes took his oath last Friday as the third appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Supreme Court.
Reyes will take the position vacated by SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes who compulsorily retired at the age of 70 on July 6.
Reyes was handpicked from a shortlist of seven nominees submitted by the JBC last month. He topped the list after earning the unanimous votes of all seven members of the council tasked to vet nominees to judicial posts.
The President earlier appointed Sandiganbayan Samuel Martires and CA Associate Justice Noel Tijam to the SC.
Duterte is set to appoint another SC justice for the post to be vacated by the retirement of Associate Justice Jose Mendoza on August 13.
Aside from the position of Reyes, the JBC announced that it is also accepting applications for 99 judges in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Palawan, Quezon, Rizal and Romblon.
The openings for judges in Region 4 are for Regional Trial Courts (RTCs), Municipal Trial Courts (MTCs), and Municipal Trial Courts in Cities (MTCCs).
The deadline for filing of applications or recommendations and complete documentary requirements is on August 29, and the date of actual receipt by the JBC of the applications and complete documentary requirements shall be deemed as the date of filing.