MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court dismissed an administrative case for gross ignorance of the law and jurisprudence and gross incompetence for allegedly rendering an ?unjust judgment? against Court of Appeals Associate Justice Juan Q. Enriquez Jr.
The 13-page en banc decision penned by Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales said: ?While this Court will not shirk from its responsibility to discipline members of the bench if they err, it too will not hesitate to shield them if they are charged with unmeritorious charges that only serve to disrupt, rather than promote, the orderly administration of justice.?
The high court said losing parties should elevate the case to a higher court instead of filing an administrative complaint against the judge or justice who rules against them.
?An administrative complaint is not an appropriate remedy where judicial recourse is still available, such as a motion for reconsideration, an appeal, or a petition for certiorari, unless the assailed order or decision is tainted with fraud, malice, or dishonesty,? the high court said.
The case against Enriquez was filed by Genaro Santiago III after the appeals court special division reversed a decision of the Quezon City regional trial court that favored a petition for reconstitution of documents that Santiago had filed.
The trial court ruling was appealed by the Office of the Solicitor General.