Mar 14, 2021 @ 17:38

SC okays skeleton workforce for 1st, 2nd level courts as COVID-19 cases rise

The Office of the Court Administrator on Sunday came up with a circular allowing first and second level courts to, subject to the discretion of the presiding judge, maintain a 50 percent skeleton workforce in-court from March 15 to March 24, 2021.

This as coronavirus cases in the country rose, with 4,889 new infections as of Sunday, March 14, 2021.

The Department of Health said the new cases pushed the total active cases in the country to 48,157.

Earlier, the OCTA Research group said daily new cases of COVID-19 in the country may reach 7,000 by the end of March.

In OCA Circular No. 40-2021, those who will not be allowed to work in-court are required to work from home.

Judges and court personnel are required to observe safety health protocols.

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