Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo expressed the gratitude of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC) to the Government of the United Kingdom for its assistance in court reform activities, particularly in the training of judges and court personnel.
UK Ambassador to the Philippines HE Laure Beaufils and members of her delegation paid a courtesy visit to Gesmundo and the SC judges on Friday June 10, the Public Information Office (PIO) of the SC.
Gesmundo also thanked the UK government for purchasing Covid-19 vaccines for civil servants and judicial staff, the PIO said.
He said Gesmundo recalled that since the year 2000, the British government, through the British Embassy in the Philippines, “provides the Philippine judiciary with training, programs and other activities that have been d ‘significant assistance to improve the skills of judges and judicial staff’.
The PIO said Ambassador Beaufils, in her response, “conveyed the UK government’s commitment to supporting the Philippine justice system where it can, particularly competition and economic laws, and expressed his hope that the UK government will have more opportunities to work more closely with the Supreme Court ‘to build on what we have already delivered together’.
He said Chief Justice Gesmundo was joined in the courtesy visit by Associate Justices Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Rodil V. Zalameda, Mario V. Lopez, Samuel H. Gaerlan, Ricardo R Rosario, Japar B. Dimaampao, Jose Midas P. Marquez, Antonio T. Kho, Jr., and Maria Filomena D. Singh.
Also in attendance were Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva, Deputy Court Administrator and PIO Chief Brian Keith F. Hosaka, Deputy Court Clerk and Judicial Reform Program Administrator Laura CH Del Rosario, and Clerk Court Deputy and Chief Technology Officer Jed Sherwin G. Uy.
Ambassador Beaufils’ visit coincided with the celebration of the 121st anniversary of the founding of the SC, the PIO said.
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