HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 9 no. 1 (2014)

An Analysis of the Constitutional Requirements for Appointment to the Judiciary in the Social, Moral and Ethical Context

Charito M. Macalintal-sawali

Discipline: Social Science



This paper analyzes the constitutional requirements for appointment to thejudiciary in the social, moral and ethical context. The profile of judges; theircompliance with the constitutional requirements for the judicial appointment;demands of judicial ethics; the perception of selected members of the bench anddetermination on how to meet the gap between what is being required from judgesby the 1987 Philippine Constitution and their actual work fitness, are discussed.This work utilizes both historical research and descriptive-analytical design usingquestionnaire and contextual analysis of data. Findings reveal the increase inthe number of younger lawyers appointed as judges and that Philippine legaleducation does not properly orient law students on judicial service. The SupremeCourt has enough capability to improve judicial education in the Philippinesthrough the Philippine Judicial Academy and Legal Education Board. Everyjudge should be reminded of the constitutional requirements to every member ofthe judiciary and should always strive to adhere to these requirements.