OCA NEWS

"Security Protocol for First and Second Level Courts Reiterated"

On 24 January 2013, two days after the shooting incident in the Palace of Justice, Cebu City, OCA Circular No. 08-2013 was issued reiterating Memorandum Order No. 42-2007 providing for an interim security protocol for the first and second level courts.  The said circular enumerates interim measures to ensure the security of judges and court personnel pending the issuance of a comprehensive security protocol for the lower courts.  For the full text of OCA Circular No. 08-2013, please click here.

"Public Prosecutors Compliance with the JAR Modified"

Acting on the petition of the Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines (PLP), the Supreme Court En Banc issued the Resolution dated 8 January 2013 modifying the public prosecutors’ compliance with the Judicial Affidavit Rule (JAR) for a period of one (1) year instead of deferring the effectivity of the JAR, insofar as the prosecution of criminal cases is concerned, as prayed for by the PLP. Accordingly, on 10 January 2013, the Office of the Court Administrator issued OCA Circular No. 05-2013 informing all concerned of the Court’s action on the matter. For the full text of OCA Circular No. 05-2013, please click here.

Judges' Permit to Carry Expedited

Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez and PNP Chief Nicanor A. Bartolome entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to process immediately the permits to carry firearms outside residences of judges and court officials.  In simple signing ceremonies held after the flag ceremony this morning at Camp Crame, Marquez and Bartolome signed the Memorandum of Agreement.

Under the Agreement, the Office of the Court Administrator shall evaluate the applicant judges and justices, ensuring that each applicant is qualified and equipped with sufficient knowledge in basic firearms handling and gun safety, as well as proficiency in firing. The PNP on the other hand shall immediately process the said applications, fast track the printing and issuance of the permits, and deliver them to the Office of the Court Administrator.

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Judiciary Joins Observance of National Correctional Consciousness Week

Judges nationwide will conduct jail visitations next week as the Judiciary joins the whole nation in observance of the National Correctional Consciousness Week from October 24-31, 2011.

The jail visitation is part of the celebration of the Inter-Agency Executive Committee on Persons Deprived of Liberty which will conduct a series of activities during National Correctional Consciousness Week. With the theme Pagbabagong Buhay Abot-Kamay Tuwid na Landas Ating Gabay, the Committee will also celebrate the 24th Prison Awareness Sunday on October 30.

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SC bares list of 2011-2013 Executive Judges

The Supreme Court recently released the list of Executive Judges and Vice Executive Judges for all 967 Regional Trial Courts and 1175 first level courts across the country.  Executive Judges have supervision over all judges and personnel within their respective areas of administrative responsibility.  Among others, they preside in the raffle of cases including cases where there are applications for temporary restraining orders, and also have disciplinary jurisdiction over light offenses involving court personnel.

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CJ Corona Orders Disposal of Court Records

Chief Justice Renato C. Corona has ordered the disposal of unnecessary court records, pleadings and exhibits of terminated cases which have accumulated over the last half century and littered and obstructed hallways, corridors, stairwells and even fire exits of courtrooms and halls of justice. “They have become eyesores in the different courthouses and have posed a continuing danger, not only to the courts and their personnel, but to the public as well,” said Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez who was tasked to implement the directive.

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