SC: Obey 10-month ban on mini skirts, Facebook

For the next 10 months, court employees will be banned from wearing mini skirts and collarless shirts as well as answering cell phone calls along court hallways. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin recently announced during his visit to the Quezon City Hall of Justice that he would impose the ban along the hallways of all regional trial courts (RTCs) as well as the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), Court of Appeals (CA) and the Supreme Court (SC).

“I do not want to hear people saying that the people from the judiciary are uneducated and ill-mannered.” During yesterday’s Christmas party at the SC, he addressed the employees once again and reminded them that everything they do, whether big or small, has an effect on the quality of service they give to the public.

He cited the use of the social media site Facebook as an example. “For every minute that you spend on Facebook or use your cellphone during your official working hours, these are minutes we lose in performing our duties, and this could be misconstrued by some that the employees of the judiciary are shortchanging the Filipino people who are paying their salaries.”

SOURCE: Evelyn Macairan. Facebook, mini skirts banned in court hallways. The Philippine Star. December 15, 2018 - 12:00am.

Justice Bersamin earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines and graduated from the University of the East College of Law in 1973. He placed 9th in the 1973 Bar Examinations with an average of 86.3%. Justice Bersamin was then named Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.
He was in private practice from 1974 until 1986, when he was appointed a trial court judge in Quezon City by President Corazon Aquino. Justice Bersamin was a professor at the Ateneo Law School, the University of the East College of Law, and the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law. He was special lecturer at the College of Law, University of Cebu in 2006. He continues to lecture for the Philippine Judicial Academy.

In 2003, Bersamin was elevated to the Court of Appeals by President Arroyo.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Bersamin as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on November 26, 2018, succeeding Teresita Leonardo-De Castro.

SOURCE: Lucas Bersamin's Background. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.