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QC courts on lockdown while COVID-19 testing continues

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The Supreme Court (SC) said on Tuesday (July 14) Quezon CIty courts have been placed on lockdown while the local government implements measures against the COVID-19 disease.

“QC Hall of Justice (Main and Annex) shall remain closed starting July 11 to 17, 2020 or until CESU (Epidemiological and Disease Surveillance Unit) completes testing and containment measures,” read its latest Twitter post.

The SC said Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Ferdinand Baylon and Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) Executive Judge Don Ace Mariano Alagar have already issued a joint memorandum concerning the lockdown.

The magistrates explained the lockdown is pursuant to the memorandum of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte who sought “to establish a more comprehensive testing and monitoring procedure for HOJ (Hall of Justice) personnel and visitors…”

“As such, absolutely no one is allowed entry in the said premises, unless allowed by the Executive Judge,” read the memorandum of the magistrates.

“Everyone is enjoined to continue the conduct of video conferencing and to continue in the drafting of orders, resolutions and decisions from their respective homes. All urgent matters shall be resolved and released under the guidelines being implemented during the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) and MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine),” they added.

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