In pursuit of Judicial Excellence
The Philippine Judicial Academy was created by the Supreme Court on March 12, 1996, under the leadership of then Chief Justice Andres R. Narvasa, through the issuance of Administrative Order No. 35-96 Establishment of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA). It received its mandate on February 26, 1998, through Republic Act No. 8557 An Act Establishing the Philippine Judicial Academy, Defining its Powers and Functions, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and for other Purposes. This law institutionalized PHILJA as a “training school for justices, judges, court personnel, lawyers, and aspirants to judicial posts.”
When Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. took his oath on November 30, 1998, he pledged to make the Supreme Court and the whole Judiciary worthy of public trust and confidence. He saw the vital role that continuing judicial education plays in ensuring judicial competence and efficiency. Given this “daunting task of institutionalizing continuing judicial education,” Chief Justice Davide remarked, is the PHILIPPINE JUDICIAL ACADEMY (PHILJA), “the [Supreme] Court’s implementing arm and the nation’s watchdog in the pursuit of excellence in the Judiciary.”
The Philippine Judicial Academy, a separate but component unit of the Supreme Court, has become an all-important factor in the promotion of judicial education in the Philippines. It receives full patronage and support from the Court which guarantees the participation of judges and court personnel in its programs and activities. In fact, no first and second level trial court judge would commence the discharge of adjudicative functions without undergoing the related courses prescribed by the Academy. The Judicial and Bar Council, constitutionally tasked to recommend appointments and promotions to the Judiciary, is also directed by law to consider the participation of judges in the programs of the Academy, pursuant to Republic Act No. 8557. read more
By 2030, PHILJA will be the leading provider of globally relevant, responsive and effective training for the judiciary in the ASEAN region.
Develop judicial competence, instill sound values, and form pro-active attitudes in the pursuit of judicial excellence
Judicial Training Excellence
The Board is composed of the Chief Justice as Chairperson; the Senior Associate Justice as Vice Chairperson; the PHILJA Chancellor; the Presiding Justices of the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals; the Court Administrator; the presidents of the Philippine Judges Association and the Philippine Association of Law Schools; and a judge appointed by the Board to represent the First level Courts.
Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna was born in Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte on February 16, 1939, the son of Felipe B. Azcuna and Carmen S. Sevilla. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, with academic honors, at the Ateneo de Manila in 1959 and the degree of Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, at the same institution in 1962. Read More
JUSTICE ADOLFO S. AZCUNA
Chancellor, Philippine Judicial Academy
Associate Justice (Ret), Supreme Court of the Philippines
JUSTICE MARIANO C. DEL CASTILLO belongs to the Ateneo de Manila University’s Law School Class of 1976. Read More
JUSTICE MARIANO C. DEL CASTILLO
Vice Chancellor and Acting Chief of Finance, Philippine Judicial Academy
Retired Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines
Justice Buzon obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Philippines in 1963 and 1967, respectively, and passed the Bar Examinations also in 1967. Read More
JUSTICE MARINA L. BUZON
Executive Secretary, Philippine Judicial Academy
JUDGE THELMA ALLENA PONFERRADA was born on November 24, 1948 to Diego A. Allena Sr., a lawyer, and Trinidad Astorga Allena, a public school district supervisor, who both hailed from Zumarraga, Samar. Read More
JUDGE THELMA ALLENA PONFERRADA
Chief of Office for Academic Affairs
Professor Sedfrey M. Candelaria heads the Research, Publications and Linkages Office of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), chairs its Department of Special Areas of Concern, and belongs to the PHILJA Corps of Professors. Read More
ATTY. SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA
Chief of Office, Research, Publications and Linkages Office, PHILJA
Atty. Elmer DG. Eleria is currently the PHILJA Chief of Office for Administration. At one time, he was designated as the Acting Head of the Academic Affairs Office and the Concurrent Head of the Administrative Office.
Atty. Eleria obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws from Saint Louis University in Baguio City. He likewise took up a certificate course on Learning Design and Evaluation in the Research and Development of the Ateneo De Manila University Center for Organization. Read More
ATTY. ELMER DG. ELERIA
Chief of Office for Administration
Judge Mona Lisa V. Tiongson-Tabora graduated with honors at the St. Paul College of Manila earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1981. Two years later, she married her college sweetheart, Engr. Antonio R. Tabora, Jr., a former Vice Mayor and 3-term Councilor of Baguio City. A mother of five and grandmother of three, Judge Tabora completed her Bachelor of Laws degree at the top of her class graduating valedictorian and cum laude at the Baguio Colleges Foundation (now known as University of the Cordilleras) in 1991. Read More
JUDGE MONA LISA V. TIONGSON-TABORA
Chief of Office, Philippine Mediation Center Office
Mr. Romulo M. Abancio, Jr., is the PHILJA Chief of Office (General Manager) for Training Center (PTC), PHILJA’s state of the art facility for its training programs and activities. Prior to his appointment on November 18, 2020, he was the SC Chief Judicial Staff Officer (SC CJSO) of the Corporate Planning Division (CPD), Administrative Office. Read More
ROMULO M. ABANCIO, Jr.
PHILJA Chief of Office
for Training Center (General Manager)
The Academic Council, composed of Chairpersons of 14 Academic Departments, and chaired by the Chancellor, reviews and approves trainings, programs and activities of the Academy and the membership in the Corps of Professors. It is also authorized to recommend implementation policies to the Academy.
The Corps of Professors is the official instructional force of PHILJA. It is composed of the Department Chairpersons and their members, incumbent Supreme Court Justices as special lecturers, full-time professors, part-time professors and professorial lecturers. Full List of Professors
- CHIEF JUSTICE ANDRES R. NARVASA, 1998 -
- CHIEF JUSTICE HILARIO G. DAVIDE, JR., 1999 -
- WORLD BANK JUDICIAL SECTOR STUDY, 2000 -
- 9th CONFERENCE OF CHIEF JUSTICES OF ASIA
AND THE PACIFIC, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2001 -
- COMMONWEALTH JUDICIAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE
Inaugural Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, December 2001 -
Upon appointment to the judiciary, judges undergo this program to prepare them for assumption of office and the discharge of their duties.
Gives the participants a clear comprehension of the fundamentals precepts of safety and security precautions, thereby prompting an increase in awareness of the critical role they play towards the administration of justice.
Aims to assess the application of the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases by the courts; identify provisions in the Rules that contribute to the attainment of its objectives and need enhancements to improve application of the Rules; identify additional provisions for further enhancement of the Rules.
Programs for Judges - Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges, Judicial Career Enhancement Program, Seminar-Workshop for Executive Judges and Vice Executive Judges. Programs for Court Personnel - Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Clerks of Court, Career Enhancement Program for Clerks of Court, Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers. Program for Judicial Aspirants - Pre-Judicature Program.
The special focus programs are thematic in nature and are designed for judges handling specialized cases or for court personnel performing specialized functions. Seminar on the Rules of Procedure on Financial Rehabilitation, Seminar-Workshop on Substantive Laws and Juriprudence on Intellectual Property.
Roundtable discussions provide a venue for communication and collaboration among the participants by broadening and enhancing the participants' outlook and knowledge on a specified field of law or a special area of concern in law or jurisprudence.