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Chief Justice Ricardo M. Paras


Tenure: April 02, 1951 - February 17, 1961
Appointed by: Manuel L. Quezon

Birthdate: February 17, 1891
 

Place of Birth: Boac, Marinduque

Children: Edgardo, Jorge, Oscar, Ricardo, Jr.,and Elsie

Name of Spouse:
Eliza Lardizabal

Name of Parents:
Ricardo Paras and Andrea Mercader

Education:
  1. Secondary : Manila High School, 1909
  2. Bachelor of Laws, College of Law, University of the Philippines, 1913
  3. Passed the Bar Exam in 1913


Professional Career:
  1. Assistant Attorney, Ross and Lawrence Law Firm
  2. Elected to the House of Representatives, 1919
  3. Judge, CFI in Samar, Ilocos Sur, Abra and Pangasinan, 1924
  4. Associate Justice, Court of Appeals, 1936
  5. Presiding Justice, Court of Appeals, 1940 – 1941
  6. Associate Justice, Supreme Court, December 23, 1941
  7. Chief Justice, Supreme Court, April 2, 1951
  8. Retired on February 17, 1961


Awards:


Professional and Civil Organizations:


Books:
  1. Consent and dissent: featuring the dissenting opinions of Mr. Chief Justice Ricardo Paras by Edgardo L. Paras.


Periodicals:
  1. Chief Justice Paras. 17 Decision Law J No. 2, 81 (Feb. 28, 1961).
  2. Christmas Message. 19 Lawyers J No. 12, 582 (Dec. 31, 1954).
  3. Christmas Message. 20 Lawyers J No. 12, 574 (Dec. 31, 1955).
  4. Christmas Message. 22 Lawyers J No. 12, 569 (Dec. 31, 1957).
  5. Christmas Message. 24 Lawyers J No. 12, 373 (Dec. 31, 1959).
  6. Coquia, Jorge R. Ricardo Paras, CJ : A Jurist For All Seasons. 12 JIBP Nos. 2 & 3, 132 (1984).
  7. The Judiciary of the Republic in News. 13 Lawyers J No. 3, 156 (Mar. 31, 1948).
  8. The Legal Philosophy of Chief Justice Paras (comments). 29 PLJ No. 6, 725 (Dec. 1954).
  9. Majul, Cesar Adib. The General Nature of Islamic Law and Its Application in the Philippines (The Ricardo Paras lecture). 5 JIBP Nos. 3 & 4, 258 (1977).
  10. Paras, Gloria C. My Father-in-Law. Benchmark (1975).
  11. Paras, Ricardo. Every Member of the Bar and Bench Must Recognize Their Respective Responsibility. 19 Lawyers J No. 3, 109 (Mar. 31, 1954).
  12. Life is a Beautiful Aggregate of Noble Impulses and Lofty Ideals. 25 Lawyers J No. 12, 355 (Dec. 31, 1960).
  13. The Philippine Judiciary. 28 PLJ No. 6, 823 (Dec. 1953).
  14. Santos, Guillermo S. A Tribute to Chief Justice Paras. 26 Lawyers J No. 2, 40 (Feb. 28, 1961).

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