Security marshals bill approved in final reading

 

Twenty-one senators voted to pass the bill seeking to provide security to members of the judiciary and their families.

The bill, Senate Bill No. 1947, calls for a security force supervised by the Supreme Court.


 

MANILA, Philippines — Also called the Judiciary Marshalls Act, the measure mandates that the Office of the Judiciary Marshalls shall conduct threat assessments, investigations, and forensic analyses of crimes and threats committed against judiciary members, including court properties.

Further, the judiciary marshals will investigate alleged corruption committed by justices, judges, and other court officials, as directed by the Supreme Court.

Said Office will be headed by a Chief Marshall appointed by the Supreme Court. The appointee will be assisted by three deputy marshals assigned in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

A Judicial Marshall Academy will be established to recruit and train judicial marshals if the measure is enacted into law.

More than 60 lawyers in the country have been killed during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. (RA/JuanManila)  

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