New rules hasten court proceedings

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


MUNICIPAL Trial Court (MTC) Branch 2 presiding Judge Glenda Ortiz–Soriano said the Judicial Affidavit Rule will be implemented effective Monday, January 28.

Ortiz-Soriano said the Judicial Affidavit Rule was implemented January 1 and is now being executed in the Supreme Court (SC) and will be enforced down to the basic government offices.

Approved by the SC unanimously last September, the Judicial Affidavit Rule imposes the “submission of judicial affidavits and exhibits in lieu of direct testimonies.”

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In this case, involved parties are to submit written sworn statements of the witnesses in a question and answer format.

Alongside these sworn statements, concerned parties are also mandated to submit all pieces of evidence to the judicial affidavit not later than five days before the pre-trial or preliminary conference of the scheduled hearing.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the SC has noble intentions with regard the Judicial Affidavit Rule, adding that the SC only wants to speed up the delivery of justice.

“We have full trust and confidence in our honorable judges and the members of the prosecution arm,” Domogan said.

However, Domogan also said people must do their part and inform the SC of the possible disadvantages that this rule may bring. (Viktor Cabuenas/Julia Del Rosario)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 24, 2013.

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