Editorial: Declogging-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ALTHOUGH long overdue, moves to come up with more courts in Bacolod City, and even in other cities in the province of Negros Occidental must be supported, without much ado.
It is laudable of Bacolod Lone District Rep. Evelio “Bing” Leonardia to have filed congressional measures, although proposed yet pending final approval into law, seeking the creation of additional three Regional Trial Courts and additional three Municipal Trial Courts.
He being a lawyer, Leonardia had hit it pointblank when he filed House Bills 2490 and 2491: the need for more courts to address the declogging of dockets or cases, be these archived, pending, active, or up for dismissal or disposal.
Correctly pointed out, of course, is the aim for faster administration of justice, considering the fact that Batas Pambansa 129, or the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980, needs timely amendments, if not revisions, to cater to the needs of the present time.
Presently, there are a number of cases which have been left unattended, not due to the lack of interest to prosecute on the part of the complainants, but for the reason of the unavailability of regular court to dispose of the said disputes.
And while the move to create more courts is essentially Legislative in nature, the role of the Judiciary and the Executive departments would be needed as the appropriation and assignment of personnel, especially magistrates, pertain to the latter departments of government.
This would need a concerted effort, indeed, on the part of the three mighty departments of the government.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 21, 2013.