Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has decided to suspend hearings in first, second and collegiate courts due to the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Peralta has issued another circular which ordered that court hearings have been “suspended beginning 13 March 2020 until 18 March 2020.”
The chief justice explained he made the decision “upon the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator, based on its monitoring of the situation and consultation from executive judges, presiding judges and court personnel, including officials of the Supreme Court.”
During this period, he told justices and judges to disinfect court premises, pen orders and decisions, act on matters pending matters, and reset and inform parties of of the new schedule of hearings.
“Justices and judges are likewise expected to continue to report to the Office of the Court Administrator any development or circumstance regarding the spread of Covid-19,” he added.