ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOSUE N. BELLOSILLO (ret.)
Pre-law, University of the Philippines
Bachelor of Law - University of the Philippines College of Law - Diliman 1957
Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, Texas 1981
California Judicial College, Berkeley, California 1985
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa - Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila 2002
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa - University of the East 2003
Grand Achievement Award for Law and Justice 2001
JUSTICE JOSUE N. BELLOSILLO finished law at the University of the Philippines in 1957 and passed the Bar in the same year. He Immediately went to private practice until his appointment to the Bench, as follows:
Judge, CAR, Iloilo (1971-1975),
CFI, Iloilo (1975-1982),
CFI, Rizal (1982-1983),
RTC NCJR Pasig, Metro Manila (1983-1986),
Associate Justice, Intermediate Appellate Court (1986),
Associate Appellate Justice, Court of Appeals (1986-1991),
Court Administrator, Supreme Court (1991-1992) and;
Senior Justice, Supreme Court (1992-2003).
Born on 13 November 1933 in Roxas City, Justice Bellosillo completed his elementary schooling only in four (4) years with honors and graduated class valedictorian in high school. He is a graduate of The Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A in 1981. He also studied in California Judicial College, Berkeley, California, U.S.A in 1985.
He was awarded Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 7 April 2002; and Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in the University of the East in 25 September 2003. In 2001, Justice Bellosillo received the Grand Achievement Award for Law and Justice, The Who's Who in the Philippines Awards of Parangal ng Bayan Foundation. He was also recognized as the Most Oustanding Capiceo in the Field of Law, a Halaran Award, in 1988; Most Oustanding Ilonggo of the Katilingban Sang Mga Ilonggo sa Pilipinas, Inc., in 1994; One of the Most Outstanding Citizens of Western Visayas, Panay News, in 1991. He was also a Fellowship Grantee of the International and Comparative Law Center in 1981; The Asia Foundation, Inc. in 1985; The United States Information Agency in 1991; and The Natural Resources Management and Development Project of Australia in 1992.
As an academic, he authored several books including, but not exclusive to: Effective Pre-Trial Technique (1990 Edition); Leave Us Alone (2003 Edition); Effective Pre-Trial Technique (2011 Edition). At present, Justice Bellosillo is the Vice Chairman and Corporate Counsel of PHILTRUST Bank; Dean of the CEU School of Law and Jurisprudence; Chairman of the Supreme Court Committee, Revision of the Rules on Criminal Procedure; and Managing Parter, Juris Praesidium Secundum (an MCLE provider).
Note: Justice Bellosillo retired from the Supreme Court with an outstanding record of disposing of all his cases submitted for decision, i.e. he retired with "zero backlog," a rare feat indeed!