Mar 22, 2020 @ 17:46
SC releases court hotlines, email ads for matters needing urgent attention
The Supreme Court on Friday released the hotline numbers and email addresses of courts where litigants, lawyers, prosecutors, and the general public can call on matters needing urgent attention.
All calls and messages shall be entertained from 8:30am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
This as the SC recently announced the temporary closure of collegiate to first level courts effective Monday, March 23.
“Due to the unabated rise of COVID-19 infection, and with the entire country now under a state of calamity, with many cities either on “Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine” or “Lockdown,” and to further limit the movement and travel of justices, judges and their skeleton-staff, in line with the appeal of the Government for the general public to stay home to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, all courts nationwide, from the Supreme Court down to the first level courts, shall be physically closed to all court users and may be reached only through their respective HOTLINES, and email addresses and Facebook accounts, if available, EFFECTIVE 23 March 2020, Monday,” read the circular signed by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.
The high court advised the litigants, lawyers, prosecutors, and the general public to first call, email or message the courts through its Facebook account if available to raise its concern.
“If urgent, only then will the justice or judge on-duty, together with the skeleton-staff, go to court to receive the act on the urgent matter,” read the circular.#