Ricardo Paras

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Ricardo Paras
8th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
In office
April 2, 1951 – February 17, 1961
Appointed by Elpidio Quirino
Preceded by Manuel Moran
Succeeded by César Bengzon
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Quezon's Second District
In office
Preceded by Gregorio Nieva
Succeeded by Rafael R. Vilar
Personal details
Born February 17, 1891
Boac, Marinduque, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died October 10, 1984(1984-10-10) (aged 93)

Ricardo Paras (February 17, 1891 – October 10, 1984) was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from April 2, 1951 until February 17, 1961.


He graduated his Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines in 1913, and placed second (after future president Manuel Roxas) in the Bar Examinations that same year. He engaged in private law practice before being elected in the House of Representatives in 1919. His judicial career started when he was appointed judge in 1924, and later on appointed in 1936 to the Court of Appeals. He became an Associate Justice in 1941, and was a member of the wartime judiciary during the Japanese Occupation. He was appointed Chieft Justice of the Supreme Court ten years later.


Paras made a frugal approach in order to survive and maintain the efficiency of service during the post-war years. He advocated the elimination of the case backlog, and encouraged speedy adjudication and deliberation of the cases. His dedication to such advocacy paid off, when there was no more backlog upon his retirement in 1961.


His son, Edgardo L. Paras, became a member of the Philippine Supreme Court from 1986 to 1992.

According to Justice J.B.L. Reyes, during the deliberations of the People v. Hernandez rebellion case, Justice Sabino Padilla (who is the brother of the Solicitor General arguing for the Government) openly accused the Chief Justice (Paras) for being prejudiced against the Government and asking biased questions during the oral argument. Riled, Paras rebutted, and a heated exchange soon ensued, which would have worsened had not they restrained themselves.


  • Cruz, Isagani A. (2000). Res Gestae: A Brief History of the Supreme Court. Rex Book Store, Manila
Preceded by
Manuel Moran
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Succeeded by
César Bengzon