By Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday reminded lawyers and litigants that the filing of documents like pleadings, petitions and records of judicial cases is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the court’s official business hours, Mondays to Fridays.
In a resolution, the SC said the 4:30 p.m. deadline for receiving documents by its judicial and records office (JRO) may only be “subject to extension of not later than 5:00 p.m. in the interest of justice, when instructed by the Members of this Court, through the Office of the Chief Justice, or by the Clerk of Court, without prejudice to the discretion of the Chief Justice to further extend the deadline for filing of important pleadings in very urgent circumstances.”
In issuing the resolution, the SC noted and approved the memorandum of lawyer Basilia T. Ringol, deputy clerk of court and JRO chief, as an amendment to resolutions issued in 2006 and 2014.
The SC ordered the posting of the resolution on its website, sc.judiciary.gov.ph. It also furnished a copy of the resolution to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) “for its information and guidance.”