No more delays in release of SC decisions – CJ Gesmundo

Published June 11, 2021, 6:25 PM

by Rey Panaligan 

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo

The Supreme Court (SC) will soon be expected to release online the summary and the dispositive portion (the judgment rendered) of its decision or resolution on a case.

“Whatever was voted upon by the Division or the En Banc, the summary will be published already in the Supreme Court website so the parties would already know the outcome of their case,” Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo said on Friday, June 11, during his first media briefing since his appointment last April 5.

The SC’s three divisions meet Mondays and Wednesdays, while its full court (en banc) hold sessions every Tuesday. However, the Chief Justice can call special sessions to tackle urgent cases.

It is during the sessions that decisions are handed down after deliberations.

“As I have said, we would use to the fullest the technology so that we would inform those who are interested about a particular case that is pending before the Supreme Court,” he added.

At the same time, Chief Justice Gesmundo said the SC will adopt a technology whereby a ruling of acquittal in a criminal case may be electronically transmitted to the concerned detention facility for immediate action.

But for security purposes, the SC would adopt a QR (quick response) Code to authenticate the resolutions and decisions that are sent online so they could process the release of the prisoner.

For the past many years, litigants and lawyers with cases at the SC have been complaining on the delay in the release of the decisions or resolutions on their cases.