Lawyers can now participate in the vetting process being conducted by the Judicial and Bar Council in the selection of most qualified nominees for positions in the judiciary, the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) and the Legal Education Board (LEB), the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said on Monday.
In an advisory, the IBP, the mandatory lawyers’ organization in the country, said the JBC survey is now available at the IBP’s online application called myIBP.
“The JBC survey in the myIBP app is the result of more than a year of collaborative work between the IBP and the JBC,” the advisory read.
“This innovation will greatly i prove the administration of justice in our country by allowing more lawyers to actively participate in the vetting process of judicial applicants and applicants to positions in the OMB and the LEB,” it added.
The IBP was organized by the SC in 1973.
The JBC, on the other hand, was created pursuant to Article VIII, Section 8(5) of the 1987 Constitution which states: “A Judicial and Bar Council is hereby created under the supervision of the Supreme Court composed of the Chief Justice as ex officio Chairman, the Secretary of Justice, and a representative of the Congress as ex officio Members, a representative of the Integrated Bar, a professor of law, a retired Member of the Supreme Court, and a representative of the private sector.”
The JBC’s principal function is to nominate appointments to the judiciary, the OMB, and the LEB.