SC orders courts closed in Metro Manila, MECQ areas
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has ordered the temporary closure of all courts in Metro Manila and other areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
“Unless herein provided, all the courts in the National Capital Judicial Region, and those areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine or Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, shall be physically closed to all court users, and shall be reached through their respective hotline numbers, email addresses and/or Facebook accounts as posted on the website of the Supreme Court,” read the circular issued by Peralta.
During this period, Peralta said all courts including the Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals will continue to hold regular hearings through videoconferencing.
Also, the chief justice said all raffle of cases will proceed electronically or through video conferencing.
The chief justice said all pleadings will have to be filed electronically.
Peralta also advised the public that all court inquiries on cases or transactions, including requests for documents and services, shall be coursed and acted upon through the provided numbers, addresses, and accounts of the concerned court, or through the Judiciary Public Assistance Section of the SC.
On Sunday night (Aug. 2), President Rodrigo Duterte announced the have Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan placed under MECQ again.
Duterte heeded the call of frontliners who sought to impose stricter quarantine measures due to rising number of COVID-19 disease cases.