SC orders judges to report on Election Day-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
JUDGES and clerks of court were ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) to go to work on Monday to resolve cases related to the barangay elections.
"In the interest of the efficient administration of justice and to ensure the speedy disposition of election related cases, you are hereby directed to report to your respective court on 28 October 2013 to act on all election matters within your jurisdiction and to resolve the same with utmost caution and dispatch," said Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez in a circular.
Marquez's office supervises and disciplines all judges around the Philippines.
For judges with multiple salas, the Executive Judge shall assign another presiding judge of a branch to report for duty on Election Day.
"In the multiple sala first level courts, presiding judges of the designated special courts to try and decide election contests involving elective barangay officials pursuant to AO (Administrative Order) 184-2013 dated 11 October 2013, shall likewise report for duty. Should the executive judge in a station and the presiding judge of the designated special court be the same person, or if there are two or more special courts in a stations, the executive judge shall assign by raffle the other presiding judge who shall report for duty," the circular stated.
In case the executive judge of a multiple sala station would not be around, the vice executive judge or any of the judges in the station may substitute him.
For far flung areas, Marquez said any urgent election matter can be brought to the nearest court or station.
The clerks of court, on the other hand, should have a skeletal force to attend to the collection of court fees and receive cash bonds or any other bond that may be posted for any election offense. (Sunnex)