Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has allowed more courts to be part of the pilot-testing of videoconferencing of hearings.
“Considering that the entire country has been on different levels of quarantine in the last two (2) months, court action on pending cases before courts which have not been authorized to conduct hearings through videoconferencing has been delayed,” read the circular issued by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez on Tuesday (May 19).
“Hence, there is a need to authorize more courts across the country to conduct hearings through videoconferencing to address unacted matters which in the meantime have accumulated,” he pointed out.
Upon the approval of Peralta, Marquez said the additional courts allowed to hold videoconferencing of hearings include those in Regions 1 to 12.
Marquez said these court stations are “authorized to pilot-test hearings through videoconferencing of all matters pending before them, in both criminal and civil cases, regardless of the stage of the trial, during this public health emergency.”
The court administrator reminded courts that existing videoconferencing provisions remain in place whether in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).