Good judges will have good character.
They will be impartial and honest. Moses challenged the first judges with the following words.
Judge fairly, whether the case is between brother Israelites or between one of them and an alien. Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it (Deut 1:16,17).
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno“I will serve my fellow Filipinos with integrity and conviction, holding myself to the ideal of justice that refutes the abuse of strength and instead labors to succor the weak…; justice that may serve as one of the several foundations for rebuilding institutions and restoring the people’s faith in good government” Chief Justice Sereno
“The responsibility of a Supreme Court Associate Justice in the continuing endeavor of national development is indeed formidable. The strengthening of governance by the rule of law needs to be guided by a deep and unadulterated pursuit of truth in all its various dimensions – seeking to uphold what is fundamentally right and fair. I humbly accept this responsibility and by God’s grace commit myself to help fulfill the Filipino’s quest for true justice.” Chief Justice Sereno
To OUR Chief Justice Ma.Lourdes Sereno: You will surely join the Supreme Court of The Philippines "HALL OF FAME". You will be in good company-Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos (martyr/hero), Claudio Teehankee (hero) and Cecilia Munoz-Palma (hero).
Most important qualities of a Supreme Court justicePresident Obama eloquently expressed what he believes to be the most important qualities of a US Supreme Court justice when he nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the bench.
"First and foremost is a rigorous intellect -- a mastery of the law, an ability to hone in on the key issues and provide clear answers to complex legal questions. Second is a recognition of the limits of the judicial role, an understanding that a judge's job is to interpret, not make, law; to approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda, but rather a commitment to impartial justice; a respect for precedent and a determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand."
"I will not be corrupt and I will not allow anyone to corrupt me.""The Filipino public feeds on sad, angry jokes about corrupt, overbearing lawyers.
In large part, we have been characterized as selfish, untruthful, and arrogant, as carrying ourselves with a false sense of entitlement... This public perception must stop.
It is no small matter if each one of you will say in your heart, I will not be corrupt and I will not allow anyone to corrupt me." Chief Justice Sereno
Hours after her ouster on Friday, a calm Sereno said she is not bothered by her removal but is encouraged by the positivity around her.
"The decision is very unjust, that cannot be doubted. But beyond that decision, I am firmly in the belief that God is in control of everything and so this only tells us that there is a bigger picture here so the fight for democracy, the truth, and accountability must continue," she told ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview.
"I am not bothered by the fact that the Supreme Court may no longer be my platform but I am encouraged by the fact that many people are responding to me in a very positive way. There is an awakening," she added.
Global Pinoys Must Read: A Balanced Overview of The Incumbency of OUR Chief Justice Ma.Lourdes Sereno by Atty. Agnes Maranan ( from Facebook)