THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has yet to open the position of Chief Justice as it still waits for the final ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on the quo warranto case against ousted chief magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno.
“The JBC will open nominations/applications once the vacancy becomes permanent… To speak of till the QW (quo warranto) decision attains finality,” said Justice Secretary Menardo 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 and now acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio.
If Sereno files the pleading, the high court will again deliberate on the case and put it to a vote. Once a vote on the motion for reconsideration is done, the decision becomes final.
Should Sereno lose on her motion for reconsideration, the period of applications and nominations for the next chief magistrate will commence.
From the time of vacancy, the President has 90 days to appoint the next Chief Justice. (pna)