SC, CA, CTA, Sandiganbayan, Alert Level 3 Magistrates Courts operate with skeletal force from January 10 – Manila Bulletin

Supreme Court

The “alarming number of COVID-19 infections” among court staff in areas below Alert Level 3 with increased restrictions has prompted the Supreme Court (SC), collegiate courts of appeal and the courts of first instance of these places to simply keep a skeletal workforce in their offices from Monday January 10 to January 14.

In the SC, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo said the skeleton of the workforce physically showing up for work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday should be determined by office managers.

“The judges will determine the number and timing of their staff who will be required to report for work on site in their respective chambers,” Gesmundo said in a memorandum issued on Sunday, January 9.

But the reduced workforce “will not apply to the office of the president of the bar, the office of the confidant of the bar and other offices involved in the preparation of the planned bar exams (January 23 and 25), medical services and dental and security division. and Maintenance Division.

Collegiate Courts of Appeal – Manila Court of Appeal (CA), Sandiganbayan and Quezon City Tax Appeal Court (CTA), will also maintain a reduced staffing level in their offices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

The work operations in the collegiate courts of appeal were issued by the presiding judge of the CA Remedios A. Salazar Fernando, the presiding judge of Sandiganbayan Amparo M. Cabotaje Tang and the presiding judge of the CTA Roman G. Del Rosario with the approval of Chief Justice Gesmundo.

Courts of first instance in the National Capital Region (RCN), in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, and in 14 other regions of the country are physically open from January 10 “on a basis limited to urgent transactions. nature.

The courts of first instance in the 14 other zones are those of the city of Baguio in the administrative region of the Cordillera (CAR); the city of Dagupan in region 1; City of Santiago and Cagayan in Region 2; Angeles City, Bataan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Zambales in region 3; Batangas and Lucena City in Region 4-A; the city of Naga in region 5; The town of Iloilo in region 6; and the city of Lapu-lapu in region 7.

The circular issued by deputy judicial administrator Raul Bautista Villanueva said that executive judges and presiding judges have discretion “to determine the number of staff who are to report on site”.

Judges of the courts of first instance are authorized to hold hearings by videoconference. “Judges must ensure that cases pending with their court are reviewed and dealt with expeditiously. ”


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