Nine days before Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin retires, his works, mementos and personal collection will be showcased in the “Featured Magistrate” section of the Judiciary Memorabilia Hall starting Thursday.
The featured section of Bersamin, the 25th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, opens at 9:30 a.m. on 10 October 2019.
The Judiciary Memorabilia Hall, located at the third floor of the Old Supreme Court Building in Taft Avenue, Manila, used to be the Old Session Hall but was converted into a gallery early this year upon the initiative of Bersamin.
Bersamin found the Old Session Hall unutilized so he decided to convert the same into a the Memorabilia Hall.
“[T]his was where many of the dramatic legal arguments were made by lawyers….This was also the place that I signed the Roll of Attorneys. I also took my oath as a Regional Trial Court [Judge] here before Chief Justice [Claudio] Teehankee,” said Bersamin during its inauguration last 11 June.
The Judiciary Memorabilia Hall is an area to honor and keep alive the memories of its past Chief Justices and Associate Justices as well as to feature its incumbent magistrates.
It has various sections including a photo gallery of the incumbent justices placed above their seats at the Bench, separate galleries of the photos and retirement books of the past chief justices and associate justices of the SC.
The winning entries as well as finalists of the paintings during the 1996 Search for Muralist to Portray the History of the Philippine Judiciary are also on display.
The Hall also includes a lounge for the Ladies’ Circle which is composed of the spouses of the SC Justices, and a gift shop.
Atty. Joyce Jazmin G. Dimaisip-Cunanan, Acting Chief of the SC Library Services, serves as the curator of the Judiciary Memorabilia Hall.
It is open from Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except during holidays. Visiting groups can schedule a tour in advance with the SC Public Information Office or the SC Library. Walk-in groups will also be entertained. Admission is free.