Davao among quickest regions to resolve cases

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


AFTER being recognized as having the best prosecution success and case disposition rates in 2013, the prosecution offices in Davao Region had one of the shortest age of cases in the country last year.

In a report provided by Regional State Prosecutor Antonio Arellano, Davao Region had the shortest age of cases after no pending case took more than four months to be dismissed or endorsed to the Municipal Trial Court in Cities or the Regional Trial Court.

"The age of cases refers to the time from when a case is filed before the prosecution office to the time it is resolved and endorsed for court proceedings in the different branches," Arellano explained.

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In the data, the prosecution offices of Davao Region handled a total of 650 newly-filed pending cases. Out of the total, 391 cases were resolved by the local prosecutors within 60 days while 259 cases were resolved between 61 to 120 days.

Along with Davao Region is Ilocos, which also resolved pending cases within four months.

In the provincial and city level, the Davao City Prosecutor's Office had the most cases handled with 564. But 307 of the total were resolved within 60 days while 257 were resolved between two to four months.

The Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Davao del Sur handled 32 cases and resolved them within 60 days, while Tagum City Prosecutor's Office had 27 cases, which were all resolved within 60 days.

Arellano lauded the prosecutors in the region, noting that despite the lack of numbers, Davao still became among the top performers in the country last year.

He said the fiscals in the region are being rotated within the different prosecutor's offices in Davao just to meet the expectations of the Department of Justice.

"Our prosecutors in the region are relatively young, very committed and highly-idealistic and that might be the reason why the region made a good performance in 2013," Arellano added. (Ruji Peter S. Abat)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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