Judicial Academy

In pursuit of Judicial Excellence

Who We Are

A History
About Us

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



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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

Who We Are

Board of

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.

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The Academic Council, composed of Chairpersons of 16 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.

Who We Are

Corps of

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

Core Programs


Core Programs

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.

Special Programs


Special Focus Programs

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.

Core Programs


Focus Group Discussion

Focus Group Discussion on the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases

Core Programs


Roundtable Discussions

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.

Core Programs


Special Lecture

Academic Excellence Lecture Series in the Judiciary, Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture.

Core Programs


Other Training Programs and Activities

Judiciary Budget Conference, Plenary Assembly of the PHILJA Corps of Professor,

Core Programs


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Court-Annexed Mediation, Mobile Court-Annexed Mediation and Appellate Court Mediation

Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) Training Programs

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