DOJ, prosecutor's offices in NCR expected to close during ECQ

Published August 3, 2021, 3:24 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and its prosecutor’s offices in the National Capital Region (NCR) are expected to be physically closed during the Aug. 6 to 20 enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the area.

But Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said: “We are awaiting any special instructions from OP (Office of the President).”

“If no directive is issued, I will take it to mean that all DOJ personnel will work from home during the ECQ in the NCR, except a skeletal staff to man the frontline to receive incoming documents, and the NPS (National Prosecution Service) will do e-inquests,” he said.

During past ECQs in NCR, DOJ and NPS offices were physically closed and were manned by skeletal force in its frontline services – those that receive documents on filing of cases. NPS’ investigations of cases were done online.

All courts in the NCR have been physically closed since Monday until Aug. 20.

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo has directed the conduct of online video conferencing hearings to act on urgent cases like petitions for bail and release on acquittals.

Gesmundo’s directive covers the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, and all trial courts.