SC greenlights partial implementation of Judges-at-Large Act of 2019

The Supreme Court came up with a resolution partially implementing Republic Act 11459 or the Judges-at-Large Act of 2019.

In a resolution dated December 3 but was only released Friday, the SC resolved to partially implement RA 11459, creating an initial 50 positions for judges-at-large.

Of the 50, 30 of which shall be Regional Trial Judges-at-Large and 20 Municipal Trial Judges-at-Large.

Also, the SC directed the Office of the Administrative Services to submit to the Department of Budget and Management the 50 positions for inclusion in the General Appropriations Act for funding purposes.

Likewise, the high court directed the Financial Management Office to submit to the DBM the letter – requests for the formal creation of the 50 positions, and issuance of a Notice of Organization, Staffing, Compensation Action (NOSCA) for funding requirement.

The SC also directed the DBM to release the Supplemental Allotment Release Order and the Corresponding Notice of Allocation for the partial implementation of RA 11459.

President Duterte has signed into law Republic Act 11459 or the Judges-at-Large Act of 2019 primarily aimed at decongesting court dockets with the appointments of 150 judges-at-large nationwide.

It was signed by the President last August 30.

The new law provided for the appointment of 100 Regional Trial Judges-at-Large positions and 50 Municipal Trial Judges-at-Large nationwide to be assigned by the SC.

The Regional Trial Judges-at-Large shall be assigned as acting or assisting judges to any Regional Trial Court while the Municipal Trial Judges-at-Large shall be assigned to any first-level court in the country as public interest may require.

Those who will be assigned as judges-at-large are entitled to the same salaries, privileges, allowances, benefits, and rank and title as those of their counterpart trial court judges.

Funding for the implementation of the new law will come from available appropriations of the judiciary under the current General Appropriations Act.

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