Jun 11, 2021 @ 13:52

1,994 confirmed cases in the judiciary with 115 active cases – CJ Gesmundo

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo on Friday disclosed that there have been 1,994 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the judiciary with 33 deaths as of June 3, 2021.

Of the confirmed cases, there were 1846 recoveries with 115 active cases, Gesmundo said during his first Meet the Press event.

The Supreme Court has rolled out COVID-19 health protocols to stop the spread of the coronavirus in courts.

The high court had previously ordered physical closure of courts while skeleton workforce have been enforced to act on urgent matters and queries.

Meanwhile, the SC has extended financial assistance to judges and court personnel of first and second level courts who contracted COVID-19 and required in-patient care or hospital confinement.

The amount of financial assistance varies from the extent of their illness: Mild to moderate – P15, 000; severe to critical – P30, 000; and death (whether hospitalized or not) – P50, 000.

“Considering that there are judges and court personnel of first and second level courts who contracted COVID-19 while in the performance of their functions, there is a need to help them to defray the hospitalization expenses incurred in treating COVID-19 infection, ” OCA (Office of the Court Administrator) Circular No. 51-2021 read.

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