Seminar-Workshops Held for Special Commercial Court Judges
The Philippine Judicial Academy conducted two seminar-workshops for 17 Special Commercial Court (SCC) Judges in the NCJR and Region 4, and for 20 SCC judges of Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The seminar-workshops were held on May 29-30, 2012, and on June 20-21, 2012, at the Traders Hotel, Pasay City. Its training curriculum was based on the outputs of a focus group discussion on problem areas in commercial law conducted on April 10, 2012. Both activities garnered a hundred percent profitability rating.
The seminar-workshops aimed to apprise the participants of the new Rules of Procedure, laws and jurisprudence within the jurisdiction of special commercial courts, as well as to provide a forum by which special commercial court judges may share their experiences in order to help fellow judges resolve difficult legal issues in commercial cases. It also aimed to enhance the capacity of judges in the efficient, effective, and expeditious disposition of commercial disputes.
The last seminar for commercial courts conducted by the Academy was in 2004.
Focus Group Discussion held for Special Commercial Courts
On April 10, 2012, the Philippine Judicial Academy conducted the Special Commercial Courts’ Focus Group Discussion on the Problem Areas in Commercial Law in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI). The FGD was conducted to identify major problem areas encountered by special commercial courts in handling and resolving commercial cases.
During the FGD, 15 participants, composed of special commercial court judges from NCJR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, formed four groups assigned to discuss the following topics: Group 1– Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA); Group 2– Corporate Rehabilitation (Procedural Issues); Group 3– Intra-Corporate Disputes; and Group 4– Special Laws and other Special Concerns: E-Commerce Law and Anti-Money Laundering. The outputs of the discussion will serve as basis for the training curriculum design for the upcoming seminar-workshop for Judges of Special Commercial Courts. It was noted that no training for commercial courts had been conducted in the last five years.