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  • Title: Compendium of Legal Treatises 1
  • Author: Judge Eliza B. Yu, LLM
  • Publisher: Central Book Supply Inc.
  • ISBN: 978-971-011-205-0
  • No. Of Pages: 579
  • Size: 6"x9"
  • Edition: 2010
  • Binding: Softbound
  • Description:

    There are plenty of law books in the country. It is the duty of every intelligent reader to choose books. And to choose this book on Compendium of Legal Treatises, which can be judged by its cover, is an exercise of a good discernment.

    First, the original thoughts are expressed in these legal discourses. Novelty is something associated with this book.

    Second, there is variety in the presentation of these legal discourses. This book showed that law and jurisprudence are exciting and vibrant, never dull and boring.

    Third, this book is a carrier of a noble intention of informing the members of the bench and the bar about trailblazing legal discussions in the academe and in the practice.

    There are twenty four (24) legal articles compiled in this book which were published by The Lawyers Review from 2006 to 2010. The first published article of the author, Judge Eliza B. Yu, LLM is titled “Enhancing Access to Justice by the Poor: An Assessment of the Public Attorney’s Office” on June 30, 2006. The author who was a former Public Attorney II of the Public Attorney’s Office in National Capital Region District Offices distributed complimentary copies of this article to all the Senators of the Philippines, some Congressmen and most District Public Attorneys nationwide. On March 23, 2007, RA No. 9406 (An Act Reorganizing and Strengthening the Public Attorney’s Office) was approved. It was also the first time PAO landed at the front cover of the respected law journal in the country. When the author was appointed as an Assistant City Prosecutor of Manila City, her article “Strengthening the Prosecution of Drug Cases by the State” was published on September 30, 2007. She got the inspiration to write this article from her two (2) years experience as a PAO lawyer assigned in drug courts. In 2006, she was able to obtain acquittal of more or less fifty-three ( 53) detention prisoners charged with drug cases in RTC Branch 64, Makati City presided by Judge Delia Panganiban. In 2005, she was granted more or less fifty (50) Demurrer to Evidence with Leave of Court in RTC Branch 120, Caloocan City presided by Judge Victorino Alvaro, who was the PDEA Best Judge awardee in the same year.

    Her article “Conflicting Practices in Inquest” published on November 30, 2007 was incorporated in the 2008 Manual for DOJ Prosecutors and it was adopted in OCP - Manila Memorandum dated May 19, 2009 entitled “Applicability of RA No. 6036 and the Revised Rules on Summary Procedure vis-à-vis Part II B of the 2008 Manual for Prosecutors on Inquest cases”. In 2009, while she was taking up her doctorate degree at the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, her term paper entitled “The Writ of Amparo as the Sword of Excalibur Drawn from the Great Stone of Judicial Rule Making Power” under the professorship of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona was published in two (2) parts on August 31, 2009 and September 30, 2009. This article received an acknowledgment letter dated October 13, 2009 describing it as scholarly from the Chambers of Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno.

    Nine (9) out of the twenty four (24) published legal articles obtained the top billing in The Lawyers Review namely, Enhancing Access to Justice by the Poor Crime Victims (May 31, 2008); DNA Evidence and Its Latest Trend (January 31, 2009); Libel as Unprotected Speech ( April 30, 2009); Confronting a Hostile Witness in Court ( July 31, 2009); The Labyrinth of Carnapping, Estafa and Qualified Theft (November 30, 2009); Are Medical Certificates and BCFA Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule? ( February 28, 2010); Can PGMA Appoint the Next Chief Justice? (March 31, 2010); Towards a Better Barangay Justice (May 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010); and All About Replevin (July 31, 2010 and August 31, 2010). However, there were five (5) articles which the author received lots of positive feedback and numerous letters for being enlightening and useful to law practitioners. These are The Legality of Impounding Vehicles Involved in an Accident (December 30, 2007); The Pitfall of Bouncing Checks Law (June 30, 2008); Erroneous Inquest of Warrantless Arrest in Hot Pursuit (June 30, 2008); Trial Technique of Criminal Cases Covered by the Rule on Summary Procedure (August 31, 2008); and Electronic Evidence (March 31, 2009).

    When the author was featured in The Lawyers Review on January 31, 2010, the Chairman of the Editorial Board Atty. Jose Tomas c. Syquia wrote in his editorial page: “ This year has had a providential start, for we are pleased to inform our readers that prosecutor Eliza B. Yu, who through the years graciously contributed a number of erudite articles , was elevated to the Bench last January 12, 2010. Judge Eliza Yu started contributing articles when she was still a Public Attorney, which is a laudable act considering the legendary case load of a public attorney. When she was appointed Assistant City Prosecutor of Manila, then Prosecutor Yu continued her munificent sharing of experiences and insights gained as a prosecutor despite her very heavy workload. Through her works, one is able to discern Judge Yu’s love of procedure and the law, her courage of conviction, diligence, and integrity. I do not know if anyone can say that going to the bench is a hegira, but with her character and formidable knowledge and experience gained through years as a dedicated public servant, there is no doubt that judge Yu will overcome all challenges and will be a great judge for which she embodies, to paraphrase what Potter Steward of the Washington Post wrote in 1981, the most important judicial qualities of: competence, temperament, character, and diligence. We have nothing but encomium for Judge Eliza Yu.”