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Amended rules on civil procedure to take effect in 2020

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The Supreme Court (SC) is set to implement in 2020 the amended Rules of Civil Procedure.

“The 2019 Proposed Amendments to the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure shall take effect on May 1, 2020, following its publication in the Official Gazette or in two newspapers of national circulation,” read the SC’s resolution.

The high tribunal explained the Sub-Committee for the Revision of the Rules submitted the draft to the Mother Rule Committee “taking into account the recent developments in procedural and substantive laws, jurisprudence and digital technology, as well as international conventions.”

The amendments were initiated by retired chief justice Lucas Bersamin who sought to prioritize the reform in procedural laws in order to make the disposition of every action and proceeding more just, speedy and inexpensive, as well as to prevent delays and decongest the courts.

The SC cited that under the Constitution the high tribunal is vested with the power “to promulgate rules concerning the pleading, practice, and procedure in all courts, the admission to the practice of law, the Integrated Bar, and legal assistance to the underprivileged.”

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