All courts back to work
Priority is being given to face-to-face hearings of cases in trial courts. Video conferencing hearings may also be allowed subject to the approval of the Office of the Court Administrator.
The Supreme Court and all courts nationwide up to the lowest trial courts will be 100 percent open for onsite work for a 15-day period until 30 September.
The SC, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, and trial courts revise their work schedules and issue guidelines for a 15-day period depending on developments on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Court Administrator Raul Villanueva said all trial courts will be 100 percent working onsite until 30 September “there being no substantial adverse development regarding the Covid-19 situation in many parts of the country.”
The work schedule of trial courts has been authorized by Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo.
Full capacity operations in trial courts means flag-raising and lowering ceremonies are allowed; Saturday duty will continue; night courts are allowed to operate; jail visitations are permitted; raffling of cases is done onsite, and the personal filing of pleadings and required documents can be done subject to strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
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