MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered all courts in the National Capital Region (NCR) closed due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the region.
In a circular issued and signed by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, the temporary closure of all NCR courts is also in consideration of the pilot-testing of granular lockdowns after placing all cities in the region, except Manila, under Alert Level 4.
“All courts in NCR, except the Supreme Court, shall remain physically closed to court users until 30 September 2021 notwithstanding the NCR will be under general community quarantine beginning 8 September 2021,” the circular read.
However, the courts in the NCR will continue operating online, the circular said.
This means hearings on pending cases and all other matters may be addressed through videoconferencing so as not to delay the trial of cases and court processes.
Meanwhile, Marquez said the time of filing and service of pleadings and motions during the period of physical closure remains suspended and shall only resume after seven days counted from the first day of reopening of the relevant court.
For inquiries and other matters, all NCR courts may be reached through their respective hotlines and email addresses posted on SC’s official website.