Ricardo Paras was the Chief Justice from 1951 to 1961.
Paras became an Associate Justice in 1941, and was a member of the wartime judiciary
during the Japanese Occupation.
Paras applied a frugal approach in order to survive and maintain the efficiency of
the judciary 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