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(UPDATED) The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation.
Courts grapple with internet problems and lack of public transport for personnel. Questions also abound on how strict judicial rules can accommodate digital processes.
In Metro Manila, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says some Metro Manila judges refused rapid testing which to him is 'a very grave disappointment'
Larry Gadon's thrown-out petition hardly does anything for the embattled network as its bid to go back on air is still in the pleadings process
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the contempt request is 'egregious,' as the government crackdown on the Left reaches the High Court
In several questions throughout the Judicial and Bar Council interview, the applicants agree that ABS-CBN's fate is mostly up to Congress
The show cause order is considered a preliminary citation, when in other cases for habeas corpus and amparo, parties immediately got the writs
It will be a digital transformation, says the Supreme Court, but how will it make sure that every litigant has equal access to technology?
The Judicial and Bar Council sets new rules, but faces questions on constitutionality
The Office of the Court Administrator is tasked to determine if there are quarantine violations
(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order
'ABS-CBN, its employees, various stakeholders, and the general public will continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury as a result of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the NTC'
Only a skeleton staff shall report to work even in GCQ, says the Supreme Court
All courts in Metro Manila are authorized to do hearings via video conferencing
'We expect a lot more courts to conduct hearings through videoconferencing this coming week that may result [in] more releases of [persons deprived of liberty],' says Court Administrator Midas Marquez
(UPDATED) The voting was 13-2, with Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa dissenting, sources said
'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court
(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely
In another historic adjustment, the Judicial and Bar Council will screen applicants through online interviews
'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta signs and releases Administrative Circular No. 38 as one of the Supreme Court's responses to the coronavirus pandemic
After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut
The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City
'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed
The list will not be displayed at the Supreme Court premises. Bar takers should wait for the online release at home.
It's a reiteration of a 2014 decongestion guideline. Human rights lawyers welcome the move, but hope for a broader decision to release those not covered by the guidelines.
By the end of the two-hour Zoom meeting, the magistrates do not agree on an action
(UPDATED) 'We would have wanted a speedier and accelerated process especially so that the contagion is starting already in some jails,' says the petitioners' lawyer, Edre Olalia, referrring to the just-confirmed coronavirus cases at the Quezon City jail
Like others in government, the justices of the High Court are adapting to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo tosses aside the petition, saying it is 'based purely on speculations'
'Do we still have a physically and mentally healthy President? Is he still the one making decisions to manage and put an end to the current crisis?' asks a lawyer in his petition before the High Tribunal
The Supreme Court's summer en banc sessions in Baguio City are canceled as well
'Otherwise we will have a situation where the more we lock people up, we're creating newer problems that we don't really need actually,' says former SC spokesperson Ted Te
This is the latest precautionary measure of the judiciary as a prosecutor tests positive for the coronavirus disease
The Chief Justice traveled to the Netherlands in early March and experienced 'persistent coughing' after he returned to Manila, says the Supreme Court
'If urgent, only then will the justice or judge on-duty, together with the skeleton-staff, go to court to receive and act on the said urgent matter,' says the Supreme Court
(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail
As the Philippines struggles to contain the coronavirus, only select courts will be open from 9am to 3pm to process bail petitions and any relief related to the lockdown
Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas
(3rd UPDATE) In a later announcement, Supreme Court says hearings are suspended from March 13-18. But court work continues.
'How about the 15 who were massacred? How about their relatives? They have waited for justice for so long,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida
'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon
The jail warden is ordered to bring Rodolfo Salas to the Supreme Court on March 12
The Senate got a 'very good' +62 net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of 2019, placing it at the top of a Social Weather Stations poll on key government institutions
The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence
'The surreptitious surveillance of petitioner and her family is an abuse of the PNP's authority,' rules the High Court which, unlike in its past Amparo grants, also issues privileges of the writ and gives a permanent protection order to the family
The TV network says a gag order would be prior restraint, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in previous cases
The Chief Justice requires trial court judges and Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and Court of Tax Appeals justices to submit to his office copies of their TROs, status quo ante orders, writs of preliminary injunction, and orders of voluntary inhibition
The Supreme Court settles with a procedural act to require ABS-CBN to submit its comment within 10 days