Focus group with LGBT community leaders discusses how to educate judges who rule on cases that affect gay and trans people
Last weekend in Manilla steps were taken towards ensuring that court judges in the Philippines are better informed about LGBT issues.
The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), supported by the overseas program of the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division, hosted a focus group about how and what judges should know about LGBT issues.
PHILJA’s chancellor, former Supreme Court judge Adolfo Azcuna, said the initiative was important because judges often have to rule on cases that affect the dignity and equality of LGBT people.
The group saw judges and LGBT leaders discuss how to make the law less discriminatory in the Philippines.
Judge Geraldine Faith A. Econg said the court should be more inclusive to same-sex couples in cases of joint property or child custody disputes.