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Four Alternative Modes of Reorganizing the CA

The following options for reorganizing the CA were given and presented to all CA Justices to choose from:

First Option. The first 51 Justices shall constitute the 1st to 17th Divisions in Manila with the first 17 as chairmen, the next 17 as senior members and the last 17 as junior members. The 52nd to 69th Justices shall constitute the 18th to 20th (Cebu Station) and the 21st to 23rd Divisions (Cagayan de Oro Station) with the first six (6) as chairmen, the next six (6) as seniors and the last six (6) as juniors. Movements in case of any vacancy shall be in accordance with seniority such that the most recent appointee begins his service as junior member of the 23rd Division.

Second Option. The organization of the twenty-three (23) Divisions of the Court shall be in accordance with strict seniority, such that the first 23 members shall be chairmen, the next 23 shall be senior members and the last 23 shall be junior members. Movements in case of vacancy shall follow the seniority line, such that the most recent appointee begins his service as junior member of the 23rd Division.

Third Option. The first 51 Justices shall constitute the 1st to 17th Divisions in Manila with the first 17 as chairmen, the next 17 as seniors and the last 17 as juniors. The 18th to 20th Divisions in Cebu shall be constituted by the 52nd to the 60th Justices with the first three (3) as chairmen, the next three (3) as seniors and the last three (3) as juniors. The 21st to 23rd Divisions in Cagayan de Oro shall be constituted by the 61st to 69th Justices with the first three (3) as chairmen, next three (3) as seniors and last three (3) as juniors. Movements in case of vacancy shall follow the seniority line such that the most recent appointee begins his service as junior member of the 23rd Division.

Fourth Option. All 23 Divisions shall be in Manila with the first 17 continuing to handle cases for Luzon. The 18th to 20th shall continue to handle cases coming from the Visayas and the 21st and 23rd shall continue to handle cases coming from Mindanao, said 18th to 23rd Divisions being temporarily stationed in Manila in the interest of the service pursuant to RA 8246. The assignment of Justices to the Divisions shall follow the path outlined in the second option.

To gather consensus on these four alternative options/modes, simultaneous meetings of CA Justices in Manila, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro were held on July 12, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. During the meeting, each justice voted for his/her preferred option. The results are as follows:

Options

Total Number of Votes During the Meeting

Total Number of Votes After the Meeting

Total Number of Votes

1

15

2

17

2

1

3

4

3

4

4

4

15

15

None of the Option

8

2

10

Status Quo

5

5

10

Total No. of Justices who voted - 60
Total No. of Justices on leave – 6 but 1 voted - _5
TOTAL NO. OF JUSTICES - 65

A report based on the foregoing was submitted last July 30 by then Presiding Justice Ruben T. Reyes to the Supreme Court for consideration.




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