Judge gave up CA promotion to steer case

Judge gave up CA promotion to steer case

To be in the broadcast industry was once her dream, that’s why she pursued  a journalism degree at the Lyceum of the Philippines as her college course.

Who would known she will be presiding to the most controversial case of being the biggest killing of media practitioners or more popularly known as the Maguindanao massacre. She gave justice after a decade of wait to those family members of those who were notoriously killed by the Ampatuans.

Upon the prodding of her mom she pursued her bachelors of Laws in the University of Santo Tomas faculty of Civil Law.
Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes
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“My mother was only able to study law for three years. This probably motivated me to become a lawyer,” Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes said.
She passed the Bar in 1987 with a score of 80.80 percent.
Entered government service in 1992 as a public attorney.

She then became a public prosecutor from 1995 to 2000, until she was appointed as judge of municipal trial courts in Angeles, Pampanga and Zambales for two years. In 2004, she became the presiding judge of QC RTC Branch 221.

To be a CA Justice

If it took long to get the justice for the families, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes herself had to wait for her dreams of becoming a justice of the Court of Appeals, she had to set aside her career advancement, so that this Maguindanao massacre case will be led to a justifiable conclusion.

Had Reyes decided to pursue her application in the Court of Appeals and was eventually promoted, the case would have dragged on for more than 10 years as turning over the case to a new judge could mean “back to zero.”
Every time she planned to pursue her promotion, she will be persuaded by then Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenociting the need for this case to be finished by the judge.

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