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The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the entire Hall of Justice in Mati City to temporarily close after one its employees caught the COVID-19 virus.

In a memorandum addressed to Mati City Executive Judge Angelita Alfonzo-Tumanda, Deputy Court Administrator Leo Madrazo said the SC’s Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) has granted her request to have the Hall of Justice closed from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.

“Thus, all schedukled hearings shall be conducted via videoconferencing in your residence during the aforementioned date pursuant to Administrative Circular 41-2020,” read the memorandum.

“You shall strictly conduct the videoconferencing hearings with utmost confidentiality, ensuring court records are protected and returned to and kept in the courthouse at all times,” he added

Madrazo also instructed that “court employees who may be considered to have been in close contact with the confirmed COVID-19 patient shall undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR (swab) test and shall remain in isolation pending result thereof.”

The deputy court administrator also advised the magistrate “to put a more stringent health measure both in the Hall of Justice and those working from home and to enforce such compliance and even imposition of disciplinary actions upon erring employees…”

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