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Makati courts on lockdown until July 8 due to COVID-19

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The Makati City courts have been placed on lockdown starting Thursday (June 25) due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, said the Supreme Court (SC).

The SC said in its Twitter post that the exeucitve judges of the regional trial courts (RTC) and metropolitan trial courts (MeTC) of Makati CIty have issued a joint memorandum “on the quarantine period for all judges and personnel of the Makati City Courts and OCCs from June 25 until July 8, 2020.”

“This is a necessary safety measure considering that a court employee who underwent rapid testing has tested positive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibody (Covid-19 IgM), and the employee has relatives who are likewise working in the Makati courts,” explained the joint memorandum.

Also, it cited that another court employee has also been reported as a person under investigation.

Both court employees are set to undergo swab testing.

During the quarantine period, the joint memorandum declared that the courts will be “physically closed during the quarantine period.”

“However, court operations shall continue and the offices may be contacted through their respective hotline numbers and judiciary emails,” it advised.

“Courts may also conduct video conference hearings and accept pleadings through electronic filing pursuant to existing circulars issued by the Supreme Court,” it added.

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