SC reduces work in all courts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Rey Panaligan 

Work in all courts nationwide – from the Supreme Court (SC) to the lowest court – will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until April 15, and court officials and employees who are not needed in urgent court processes need not report for work during the period.


All court hearings, filing of all pleadings required by the courts, promulgation of decisions in civil cases, execution of judgments, implementation of writs, service of summons, auction sales in extrajudicial foreclosures, and solemnization of marriage are also suspended.

Considered urgent court processes are those involving bail, petitions for habeas corpus, promulgation of judgment of acquittals, relief for those arrested, and resolution of legal issues related to national health emergency.

Court work and processes that can be performed at home by justices and trial court judges must be done.

In areas where justices and judges are needed, they must make themselves available for perform their mandated functions.

These measures to address the spreading danger of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were contained in an administrative circular issued by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta after a full court session that tackled the recommendations of the SC’s task force on COVID-19 headed by Court Adminsitrator Jose Midas P. Marquez.

In his circular, Peralta said:

“The Constitution and our laws are not suspended, and our courts are not shutting down in times of emergencies.

“But with the situation still rapidly evolving and an atmosphere of uncertainty pervading, we must all do everything we can, including making drastic adjustments in our operations without sacrificing the need to attend to urgent cases that affect life and liberty, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and protect the health and safety of our justices, judges, court workers, lawyers and the public we serve.”

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