The XU-CSG Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) and the Students' Rights and Welfare Commission (STRAW) play a big role in settling cont...

Supreme Court and STRAW engage in a Moot Court during the 30th EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary

The XU-CSG Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) and the Students' Rights and Welfare Commission (STRAW) play a big role in settling controversies within the student government. The SCC, as the branch granted with judiciary powers, have the authority to hear, and try cases brought upon the High Court. On the other hand the STRAW Commission is responsible for the pursuance and strict observance of the XU Magna Carta of Student’s Rights, Responsibilities, and Welfare. The same Commission has been granted by the authors of the Rules of Court, the role of Legal Counsels (or Oralist, in the student government context). 

Last 25 February 2017, the members of the three (3) student government offices assembled to be trained to fulfill their respective roles inside a Court Room. 

Atty. Shidik Abantas during his talk on Conducting a Hearing and Trial

The main speaker for the event was Atty. Shidik Zed T. Abantas, former Prime Minister for the Ateneo Debate Circle back in 2008, and is currently the Legal Officer for the Mindanao State University System.

After the talk, the assembly then was divided into two groups in order for everybody to fulfill their roles during the Moot Court session that shall follow after the working break. 

The Court Room being setup...

What is a Moot court? It is an extracurricular activity at many law schools in which participants take part in simulated court proceedings, usually involving drafting written submissions and then participating in oral argument. Typically students are provided with a hypothetical fact scenario which raises various legal issues, and are allocated as counsel for one of the parties to the dispute. Students are required to research the relevant legal principles and then present a case in favour of their allocated side. During the course of oral argument, students are asked questions by the bench concerning the merits of their arguments. The adjudicators can be academics, lawyers, or other students. (Source: Wikipedia)

Below is the sample case that shall be discussed by both groups, this was drafted by Atty. Abantas himself:

The case concerns constitutional matters, thus as provided by the Rules of Court 1112, the case should be heard en banc.

The first session was then presided by ASC Justice, Hon. Klahrinz William Catubig acting as Chief Justice, with him is ACES Justice, Hon. Junard Jason Vequiso and Senior High School's First Chief Justice, Hon. Maya Asuero.

The second session was presided by CSSC Justice(and Senior Justice), Hon. Raphael Erick Marcial, with him is TG Justice, Hon. Kate Mary Queen Ebonia and a Justice from Senior High.

Atty. Abantas guided everyone all throughout the Moot Court.

The activity then concluded by the awarding of the Certificate of Appreciation to Atty. Abantas and as well as a photo-op session with everyone.

(From left to right; SHS Chief Justice Maya Asuero, STRAW Chief Jonathan Hamilton, SCC Chief Justice, Mhenard Ubay-ubay)

Truly, it was an afternoon with a lot of insights gained, and skills developed. With the completion of the joint event, is a step further into the unified vision of the Supreme Constitutional Court, to have a judicial system that keeps improving to better serve the XU Student Body.

Note: No budget of the Supreme Constitutional Court was spent for this event. Snacks and honorarium are contributed by the Students' Rights and Welfare Commission.

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