The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will push for the panel interview of all the candidates for the position of Chief Justice (CJ) in view of the imminent retirement of CJ Lucas Bersamin on October 18.
In a text message sent to The Manila Times, JBC member Noel Tijam said the purpose of the interview is to determine the philosophy and legal views of the applicants.
In the past, the JBC could not conduct the interviews because there was resistance from the sitting Supreme Court (SC) justices, who refused to be interviewed. Some believed an interview was not necessary since their decisions could be read instead.
Tijam said the panel interviews would also cover nominees for the two posts in the high court to be vacated by Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza and Antonio Carpio, who will retire in September and October, respectively.
The JBC will also interview the candidates for the seven vacant posts at the Court of Appeals (CA).
In the meantime, public interviews for the applicants for the position of CA presiding justice will be set in October. CA Presiding Justice Romeo Barza retired on July 30.