Jun 11, 2021 @ 13:49

More than 300K videoconferencing hearings held during pandemic – Gesmundo

Courts nationwide have conducted a total of 327, 991 videoconferencing hearings with a success rate of 87.57% since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Newly-appointed Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo revealed this development during his first Meet the Press event entitled ” SC in Focus: Towards a Technology-Driven Judiciary.”

Also, Gesmundo revealed that a total of 90,040 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and children in conflict with the law (CICL) have been released through videoconferencing.

Videoconferencing hearings ensure cases are heard in a timely manner, and comply with the government’s social distancing and remote work guidelines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Videoconferencing for court hearings was approved by the Supreme Court in June last year. It was pilot-tested in Davao City courts.

On March 16, 2020, then chief justice Diosdado Peralta, in response to the exponential spread of COVID-19 cases in the country, issued A.C. 31-2020, and ordered that “all courts nationwide shall drastically reduce operations” and maintain only the necessary skeleton-staff to immediately act on urgent matters brought before them.

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