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THE SUPREME Court (SC) on Tuesday appointed Deputy Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva as its new court administrator.

“According to Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, the Court En Banc during their session this morning, appointed Deputy Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva as the new Court Administrator,” court spokesman Brian Keith F. Hosaka told reporters in a Viber message. 

Mr. Ong will replace Justice Jose Midas P. Marquez, who was appointed to the High Court in November last year.

The new court administrator of the high tribunal was previously designated as officer-in-charge of the Office of the Court Administrator, following the vacancy left by Mr. Marquez. 

Duties of the administrator of the country’s Highest Court include administrative interventions in case management of lower courts, overseeing halls of justice and court houses, issuing court circulars and memoranda, and providing public assistance and information.

The Supreme Court held their first in-person en banc session on Tuesday since the start of the pandemic. All 15 members, including newly appointed Associate Justice Antonio T. Kho, Jr., were present. — John Victor D. Ordoñez