Supreme Court Adds Online Platform for Judicial Corruption Complaints

To eliminate all forms of corruption in the judiciary, the Supreme Court, through Memorandum Order No. 72-2024, launched a specific electronic mail (email) address, integrity@judiciary.gov.ph, where the public can send actionable information on violations of the Code of Judicial Responsibility and corruption laws involving any judge, justice, or court personnel at any level.

 

The violations include, but is not limited to:

(a) extortion of money, gift, or favor from any litigant or counsel of any party to influence a court case or court process;

(b) extortion of money, gift, or favor from any litigant or counsel for the service of any process, including warrants, summons, writs of execution;

(c) extortion of money, gift, or favor from any litigant or counsel for any activity of judges, justices, or court personnel;

(d) extortion of money, gift, or favor to gain inside information as to the progress of any case, including the name of the ponente in any appellate court, including the Supreme Court; and

(e) names and activities of any influence peddler who claims to be able to obtain favors in any court.

 

Information reported to the email address mentioned above will be accessible to the Supreme Court’s Committee on Ethics, chaired by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, with Senior Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen as vice-chairperson.

 

The public is advised that since such actionable information is often used as basis to set up entrapment operations, premature posting on social media or any platform can undermine the Supreme Court’s ability to arrest and prosecute.

 

Moreover, whistleblowers with credible information shall be entitled to the Court’s proper protection, while lawyers who participate, advise, or tolerate any form of corruption shall be dealt with severely.

 

The public may also confidentially submit any complaint directly to the Chief Justice, the Senior Associate Justice, or any Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

 

The full memorandum can be accessed here.

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