SC to start e-filing of cases

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MANILA, Philippines—In a bid to reduce paper use and save the forest, the Supreme Court will start implementing a paperless system in filing of complaints.

The electronic filing of cases will start on January 2, a day after the rule takes into effect.

The high court, through its Management Information System Office, has set up the email address efile@sc.judiciary.gov.ph where cases would be sent.

E-filing, under the Efficient Use of Paper Rulerequires parties to submit, simultaneously with their court-bound papers, soft copies of the same and their annexes (the latter in PDF format) either by email to the court’s e-mail address or by compact disc (CD).

E-filing will initially be on a voluntary basis for the first six months following the effectivity of the Rule on January 1.

 

After six months, the paperless system will become mandatory.

The high court issued the rule after seeing the need to reduce the judicial system’s use of excessive quantities of costly paper, save the forests, avoid landslides, and mitigate the worsening effects of climate change.

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  • ApoLapullapu

    Litigants and even the courts must have back-up files in soft storage to avert virus attacks.

  • LegalJustice

    Well done, CJ Sereno.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERN64IINJUN3BPQMZNKKHUHFI4 Critical

    Good initiative. I hope this will also hasten the decisions of pending cases.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Good to have a young and forward-looking CJ at the helm..

  • jgl41456

    A good step in the right way and will also speed the the administration of justice in the country.

    • ApoLapullapu

      This will only minimize the use of paper.  It will not speed up.  They must amend the Rules of Court to speed up the judicial process.

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