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The Kataas-taasang Hukuman ng Pilipinas or Korte Suprema is the Philippines' highest judicial court. The Supreme Court of the Philippines was officially established on 11 June 11 1901 through the passage of Act No. 136, otherwise known as the Judiciary Law of the Second Philippine Commission. By virtue of that law, judicial power in the Philippine Islands was vested in the Supreme Court, Courts of First Instance and Justice of the Peace courts. Other courts were subsequently established.

The present-day Supreme Court was preceded by the Real Audencia of the Spanish era. It was a collegial body established on 05 May 1583 and was composed of, among others, a president, four oidores (justices), and a fiscal. It was the highest tribunal in the Philippines, below only the Consejo de Indias of Spain. This body also exercised administrative, not just judicial, functions.

A project on notable Filipino lawyers and judges can be found here: Filipino Jurists. Find more biography projects at the master project page, Families of the Philippines.

Image: The Supreme Court Building was originally housed in Intramuros but was destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945. The current structure stands along Padre Faura, Manila.

Chief Justices (Term), in chronology

  • Cayetano Arellano (1901 - 1920)
  • Victorino Montaño Mapa (1920 - 1921)
  • Manuel Araullo (1921 - 1924)
  • Ramón Avanceña (1925 - 1941)
  • José Abad Santos (1941 - 1942)
  • José Yulo (1942 - 1945)
  • Manuel Moran (1945 - 1951)
  • Ricardo Mercader Paras (1951 - 1961)
  • César Bengzon (1961 - 1966)
  • Roberto Concepcion (1966 - 1973)
  • Querube Makalintal (1973 - 1975)
  • Fred Ruiz Castro (1976 - 1979)
  • Enrique Fernando (1979 - 1985)
  • Felix Makasiar (1985 - 1985)
  • Ramon Aquino (1985 - 1986)
  • Claudio Teehankee (1986 - 1988)
  • Pedro Yap (1988)
  • Marcelo Fernan (1988 - 1991)
  • Andres Narvasa (1991 - 1998)
  • Hilario Davide, Jr. (1998 - 2005)
  • Artemio Panganiban (2005 - 2006)
  • Reynato Puno (2006 - 2010)
  • Renato Corona (2010 - 2018)

Associate Justices (Term), alphabetical

  • Roberto A. Abad (2009 - 2014)
  • Vicente Abad Santos (1979 - 1986)
  • Nestor B. Alampay (1985 - 1986)
  • Felix Q. Antonio (1972 - 1980)
  • Maria Alicia Austria-Martinez (2002 - )
  • Ramon Q. Avancena
  • Antonio P. Barredo (1968 - 1982)
  • Jesus Barrera (1959 - 1966)
  • Felix Angelo Bautista (1950 -1956)
  • Josue N. Bellosillo (1992 - 2003)
  • Jose P. Bengzon (1964 - 1968)
  • Lucas P. Bersamin (2009 - 2019)
  • Abdulwahid A. Bidin (1987 - 1997)
  • Jorge Bocobo (1942 - 2000)
  • Arturo D. Brion (2008 - 2016)
  • Arturo B. Buena (1999 - 2002)
  • George C. Butte (1932 - 1936)
  • [330054125790002433 Jose C. Campos, Jr.] (1992 - 1993)
  • Antonio T. Carpio (2001 - 2019)
  • Conchita Carpio-Morales (2002 - )
  • Adam Clarke Carson (1904 - 1920)
  • Pacifico P. de Castro (1979 - 1984)
  • Frederich Charles (1917 - 1918)
  • Minita Chico-Nazario (2003 - )
  • Hermogenes Concepcion, Jr. (1975 - 1986)
  • Pedro Concepcion (1936 - 1940)
  • Joseph F. Cooper (1901 - 1904)
  • Irene Cortes (1987 - 1990)
  • Mariano C. del Castillo (2009 - 2019)
  • Isagani Cruz (1986 - 1994)
  • Serafin R. Cuevas (1984 - 1986)
  • Ramon Diokno (1954)
  • Jose Gutierrez David (1959 - 1961)
  • Anacleto Diaz (1933 - 1941)
  • Arsenio Dizon (1960 - 1971)
  • Charles Burke Elliott (1909 - 1910)
  • Pastor Endencia (1955 - 1960)
  • Vicente G. Ericta (1981 - 1982)
  • Venicio T. Escolin (1981 - 1986)
  • Salvador Esguerra (1972 - 1976)
  • Florentino P. Feliciano (1986 - 1995)
  • Alfonso Felix (1956 - 1958)
  • Felicisimo R. Feria (1945 - 1953)
  • Jose Y. Feria (1986 - 1987)
  • Estanislao A. Fernandez (1973 - 1975)
  • Ramon Calleja Fernandez (1977 - 1982)
  • Ricardo J. Francisco (1995 - 1998)
  • Buenaventura S. de la Fuente (1984 - 1986)
  • Sam Rodriguez Galope
  • Emilio A. Gancayco (1987 - 1997)
  • Jose Generoso
  • Leonard S. Goddard (1934 - 1936)
  • Minerva Gonzaga-Reyes (1999 - 2002)
  • Carolina Griño-Aquino (1988 - 1993)
  • Juvenal K. Guerrero (1977 - 1984)
  • Hugo Gutierrez Jr. (1982 - 1993)
  • Regino C. Hermosisima, Jr. (1995 - 1997)
  • Antonio Horrilleno (1940 - 1945)
  • John Hull (1932 - 1936)
  • Carlos A. Imperial (1931 - )
  • Delfin Jaranilla (1945 - 1946)
  • Charles A. Johns (1921 - 1932)
  • Elias Finley Johnson (1903 - 1933)
  • Mariano H. de Joya (1945 - 1945)
  • Fernando Jugo (1950 - 1956)
  • Santiago M. Kapunan (1994 - 2004)
  • Alejo Labrador (1952 - 1964)
  • Fletcher Ladd (1902 - 1903)
  • Jose Paciano Garcia Laurel (1936 - 1942)
  • Dionisio de Leon (1961 - 1962)
  • Sabino R. De Leon, Jr. (1999 - 2002)
  • Teresita Leonardo-de Castro (2007 - 2018)
  • Querube C. Makalintal (1973 - 1975)
  • George Arthur Malcolm (1917 - 1936)
  • Ruperto G. Martin (1975 - 1978)
  • Antonio M. Martinez (1997 - 1999)
  • John McDonough (1903 - 1904)
  • Leo D. Medialdea (1988 - 1992)
  • Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera (1979 - 1992)
  • Jose A. R. Melo (1992 - 2002)
  • Jose C. Mendoza (2010 - 2017)
  • Vicente V. Mendoza (1994 - 2002)
  • Percy M. Moir (1918 - 1920)
  • Sherman Moreland (1909 - 1917)
  • Cecilia Muñoz-Palma (1973 - 1978)
  • Felipe Natividad (1962)
  • Rodolfo A. Nocon (1991 - 1994)
  • James Adolph Ostrand (1921 - 1933)
  • Roman Ozaeta (1941 - 1950)
  • Guillermo Pablo (1945 - 1955)
  • Sabino B. Padilla, ( 1949 - 1964)
  • Teodoro R. Padilla (1987 - 1997)
  • Edgardo Lardizabal Paras (1986 - 1992)
  • Bernardo P. Pardo (1998 - 2002)
  • Jose Ma. Paredes (1960 - 1965)
  • Lino M. Patajo (1985 - 1986)
  • Diosdado M. Peralta (2009 - 2022)
  • Jose P. Perez (2009 - 2016)
  • Gregorio Perfecto (1945 - 1949)
  • Efren I. Plana (1981 - 1986)
  • Fidel Purisima (1998 - 2001)
  • Camilo D. Quiason (1993 - 1995)
  • Leonardo Alto Quisumbing (1998 - 2009)
  • Claro Mayo Recto (1935 - 1936)
  • Roberto Regala (1962 - 1975)
  • Florenz D. Regalado (1988 - 1998)
  • Lorenzo Relova (1982 - 1986)
  • Jose B. L. Reyes (1954 - 1972)
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (1991 - 1999)
  • Norberto Lopez Romualdez (1921 - 1932)
  • Conrado V. Sanchez (1966 - 1970)
  • Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez (2000 - )
  • Guillermo S. Santos (1977 - 1980)
  • Abraham F. Sarmiento (1986 - 1991)
  • Maria Lourdes A. Sereno (2010 - 2030)
  • James Francis Smith
  • Thomas A. Street (1917 - 1935)
  • Florentino Torres (1901 - 1920)
  • Justo P. Torres, Jr. (1996 - 1997)
  • Grant T. Trent (1910 - 1917)
  • Conrado M. Vasquez (1982 - 1983)
  • Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. (2006 - 2018)
  • James Vickers (1932 - 1936)
  • Ignacio Villamor (1920 - 1933)
  • Julio Villamor (1970 - 1972)
  • Martin S. Villarama, Jr. (2009 - 2016)
  • Antonio Villareal (1925 - 1940)
  • Jose Lopez Vito (1942 - )
  • Jose C. Vitug (1993 - 2004)
  • Charles A. Willard (1901 - 1904)
  • Consuelo Yñares-Santiago (1999 - )
  • Calixto Zaldivar (1964 - 1974)

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