New court site, new work ethic?

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


COURT employees have begun the transfer to a temporary site, one called Quimonda IT Center at the Cebu North Reclamation Area, close to a mall and walking distance from motels.

It’s 54 days today after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck and crippled many buildings, including Marcelo B. Fernan (MBF) Palace of Justice.

And the sector of the justice system that operates there still has to function normally.

Did the forced respite make judges and lawyers hungry for work? When martial law shut down newspapers in 1972, journalists after weeks of idleness were raring to return to their beats and typewriters. Would court workers have the same zest?

One wonders if marked physical changes at the new “evacuation” site, an improvement over the tents they occupied in Capitol compound, would include work ethic.

Would some judges now report early and stop making lawyers and litigants wait for hours, wasting precious time and dragging down case schedules?

Would some lawyers help move proceedings faster by fewer dilatory tactics and less verbosity?

Fawning

Would some judges steer trials without imperiousness of fiefdom rulers, confusing the court’s dignity with their own personal quirks?

And would some lawyers make their plea without blatant ass-kissing, showing respect without fawning?: “with due respect, your honor,” “yes, if it pleases the court, your honor,” and (possibly) “permission to fart, your honor.”

To have a safe workplace and to keep things moving again are the urgent tasks. Perhaps later, they can look at other ills that have plagued courts through the years.

[paseares@sunstar.com.ph]

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.

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