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  • Philippine Supreme Court e-Library
    Ramon Avanceña (1872 - 1957)
    Ramon was appointed by US President John Calvin Coolidge as the 4th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, serving from 1925 to 1941. He resigned from the Supreme Court at the beginning...
  • Philippine Supreme Court e-Library
    Mariano H. de Joya (1887 - 1964)
    Mariano was appointed by Philippine President Sergio Osmena as associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court on 06 June 1945. He resigned from this position on 24 June 1945. He was among the 1903 g...
  • Senate of the Philippines; https://legacy.senate.gov.ph/senators/senpres/fernan.asp
    Marcelo Fernan (1927 - 1999)
    Marcelo served as Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court from July 1988 to December 1991, and as Philippine Senate President from July 1998 to June 1999. The Marcelo Fernan Bridge that spans the...
  • Jesus Barrera (1896 - 1988)
    Jesus, who served as Philippine Secretary for Justice from 1958 to 1959, started out with the law firm Paredes & Buencamino, He was appointed Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court in June 1...
  • Anacleto Diaz (1878 - 1945)
    Anacleto headed the 1927 Commission on Revision that drafted the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines; this went into effect in 1932, replacing the Spanish Penal Code that had been in force since the ...

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

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
  • Private User (2002 - 2009)
  • 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)
  • Jose C. Campos (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 Sr. (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)
  • Fernando Jugo (1950 - 1956)
  • Santiago M. Kapunan (1994 - 2004)
  • Alejo Labrador (1952 - 1964)
  • Fletcher Ladd (1902 - 1903)
  • Jose P. 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 Apeles Nocon (1991 - 1994)
  • James Adolph Ostrand (1921 - 1933)
  • Roman Ozaeta (1941 - 1950)
  • Guillermo Pablo (1945 - 1955)
  • Sabino Bibby Padilla ( 1949 - 1964)
  • Teodoro de los Reyes 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 A. Quisumbing (1998 - 2009)
  • Claro M. 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 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) (incomplete)

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