About the programme
Implemented by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Justice Sector Reform Programme: Governance in Justice II (GOJUST II) contributes to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development through improved access to justice for all in the Philippines. Specifically, it aims to develop more responsive and accountable justice services. It includes two components focusing on justice and human rights, respectively. The programme is being implemented from December 2020 to June 2025.
GOJUST II is funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council, United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS) and in joint co-financing with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. GOJUST II builds on and continues the work of its predecessor, GOJUST, which was implemented from April 2016 to September 2020.
Background of the assignment
The mission aims to assist the Supreme Court of the Philippines in compiling, classifying and indexing all rules, guidelines, and issuances on pleading, practice and procedure into a single resource for the use not only of the members of the Bench and the Bar, but even for litigants and law students.
- Under Article VIII, Section 5(5), the Supreme Court has the power to promulgate rules concerning the protection and enforcement of constitutional rights, pleading, practice, and procedure in all courts. In the exercise of such power, the Supreme Court has promulgated not only the Rules of Court, but also other special rules, guidelines and issuances affecting pleading, practice and procedure on an ad hoc basis.
- These multitude of rules, guidelines and issuances have made it difficult for both judges and lawyers, and more importantly litigants and even law students to: (1) find applicable provisions; (2) reconcile conflicting or overlapping issuances; (3) identify the effective dates of each, and; (4) trace their history, including relevant amendatory and repealing acts.
- On 27 June 2022, the Supreme Court created a Technical Working Group to compile, classify and index all pertinent rules, guidelines and issuances on pleading, practice and procedure.
The Junior Legal Expert will work with a Senior Legal Expert to assist the Supreme Court in compiling, classifying and indexing all rules, guidelines, and issuances on pleading, practice and procedure into a single resource for the use not only of the members of the Bench and the Bar, but even for litigants and law students
The non-key expert is expected to achieve the following objectives:
- Design a framework for the compilation, classification and indexing of all rules, guidelines, and issuances on pleading, practice and procedure
- Obtain, compile and classify all rules, guidelines, and issuances on pleading, practice and procedure according to the chosen framework and methodology
- Cross-referencing all the compiled rules and recommend a possible amendment of rules, laws, and of related Supreme Court decisions which have an impact on the continued effectivity or substance of a rule of procedure
- Create a separate alphabetical index with references to the various rules pertaining to the subject matter or topic
- Compile and/or create checklists for use of the various stakeholders who may access the compendium.
What is the available position?
We are looking for qualified candidates to apply for the following position:
|Designation||Type of Expertise||Duration (working days)|
|Junior Legal Expert||Legal Researcher||40|
What is the duration of the contract?
The main mission period is twelve (12) months from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023. The contract is meant to be delivered remotely.
How to apply?
Applications for this request for proposal should be submitted to email@example.com and copy Henri Palma (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 11 September 2022, 11:59 p.m. (Manila time).
For the complete list of required qualifications and skills, general and specific professional experience, please download the attached terms of reference (ToR) below.
For questions and concerns, the main contact person for this mission shall be the following:
- For technical matters: Senior Adviser for Justice Policy and Engagement Carolyn Mercado, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- For administrative matters: email@example.com and copy Programme Manager Henri Palma, firstname.lastname@example.org