I the wake of the recent controversy over the Supreme Court decision, presidential candidate Benigno Noynoy Aquino III has promised quite a bit when it comes to judicial reform. I thought this pledge was the most interesting:
Aquino said he would also double the budget of the judiciary, and conduct a review of the state of the justice system within the first 100 days of his presidency to transform it into “the true and faithful guardian of the Rule of Law and the last bastion of democracy.”
He never quite explains why he would double the budget. Presumably he seeks to undermine incentives toward corruption and recruit more talented judges. However, according to studies done in U.S. courts and other rule of law projects, the correlation between judicial salaries and quality of judges is not clear, to say the least.