Former SC spox Ted Te proposes online courts

Former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te urged the high court to seriously consider virtual or online courts as COVID-19 cases spiked in the country.

“The SC should consider keeping the courts open virtually instead of closed except for the most urgent cases,” Te said in his Twitter account @TedTe.

“Interim Rules under A8, s5(5) for online inquests and bail applications should be made with a virtual facility for posting bail online.”

“New guidelines should be issued on posting bail online, as the official policy according to the SOJ (Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra) is to continue arresting and jailing quarantine violators,” he added.

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon including Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the feared virus COVID-19.

A memorandum from Malacañang on the enhanced quarantine guides government agencies to ensure the following:

Prohibition of mass gatherings and imposition of strict home quarantine among all households;

Work-from-home arrangement for the executive branch;

Only essential establishments are to remain open (those private establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, power energy, water and telecommunications)

Suspension of mass public transport facilities;

Restricted land, air and sea travel; and

Labor, social welfare, finance, budget and trade departments to come up with programs for affected workers and businesses.

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