SC, PNP launch e-subpoena system

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) and Supreme Court launched Wednesday the e-subpoena system to easily monitor its member's compliance on the daily voluminous delivery of subpoena and to avoid unresolved criminal cases due to non-appearance of police personnel in the court as witnesses.

In the launching ceremony held at the PNP National Head Quarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the e-subpoena as Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Leonardo Espina were the signatories.

The e-subpoena system is a web-based information system that facilitates the issuance and expedites the transmittal of subpoena from the court to the police officers and how they comply with the directive.

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For the longest time, whenever there is a case which the police officer will stand as the witness in court, the subpoena is being transported to them through a courier. As a result, the subpoena "usually arrives late," which causes a delay in the resolution of the case or worse, the non-resolution of the case.

In the e-subpoena, Espina said the transmittal of subpoenas is real-time.

The Courts, through its court administrator, will send the various subpoenas to particular PNP units and in the PNP identified website or via e-mail. The assigned court personnel shall enter the details regarding a subpoena to be issued to police offices in the Data Base of the PNP using the computer-generated form known as e-Subpoena Form, which was prepared for the purpose. The e-Subpoena Form is sent by the assigned court personnel at least five days before the scheduled hearing of the case or within one day from the order of the court for the service of subpoena.

However, it is the primary responsibility of the Chief of Police in every police station to acknowledge the issued subpoena, inform the concerned PNP personnel and ensure his attendance in court. Also, the Court Process Officer (CPO), as the key responsible officer, shall acknowledge the subpoena sent by the court and undertake immediate action to locate the PNP personnel concerned, inform him and cause the personal receipt of the subpoena as final proof of service.

The police stations, through the CPO or the PNP national headquarters through the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, will give feedback on the availability or non availability of the police officer concerned within three working days from receipt of the said document.

The PNP receives an average of 700 to 800 subpoenas a day nationwide.

Espina, on behalf the PNP chief Alan Purisima, said the newly developed electronic transmission of subpoena is one of the solutions "for the quest to a better future for the country’s criminal justice system."

"With every delay in transmittal the justice process suffers a corresponding delay," he said.

"We are taking this process into another level, this time we are using technology in our advantage. Wala nang dahilan na hindi makakarating ang subpoena sa kinauukulan, wala nang dahilan para sabihing delayed ang dating ng subpoena," Espina added. (HDT/Sunnex)

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