SC allows free public access to its e-Library starting on June 11

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it was finally allowing free public access to its electronic library (SC e-Library).

Acting on the recommendation of Assistant Court Administrator and SC Public Information Office Chief Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka, the SC said that anyone can access the e-Library upon proper registration and documentation “in order to enhance transparency and provide better access for lawyers, law professors, law students, and legal researchers to decisions, resolutions, issuances, and rules of the court.”

In Memorandum Order No. 17-2019, Hosaka was also tasked to coordinate with the Management Information Systems Office (MISO) and the SC Library to oversee the implementation of the free public access and to “ensure that proper measures are in place to guarantee system security once the use and access of the e-Library are made public.”

The memorandum was signed by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, also the Chairperson of the SC first division, and the two other division chairpersons, Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio of the second Division and Justice Diosdado M. Peralta of the third Division.

Hosaka said that the judiciary is doing its best efforts for the actual opening of the SC e-Library to the public which hopefully will coincide with the launch of the Court’s redesigned and improved website (sc.judiciary.gov.ph) on or before the High Court’s 118th Anniversary this June 11.

Launched in 2004, the SC e-Library, a brainchild of Justice Carpio when he was Chairperson of the SC Committee on Library, Records Managements, Legal Research, and Printing Services (CLRMLRP), is a searchable database of jurisprudence including SC decisions and resolutions from 1901 to the present, laws including present and past constitutions, SC issuances such as present and past Rules of Court as well as resolutions in administrative matters, and other references like benchbooks, book catalogues of court libraries, index to Philippine periodicals, and a “Memorabilia Room” of past and retired SC Justices.

It is a sub-component of the Judicial Reform Support Program (JRSP), which is part of the Action Program for Judicial Reform (APJR).

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