The Supreme Court has expanded the use of videoconferencing in hearing all cases, regardless of stage of trial, while the country remains in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from the 1,350 trial courts authorized last month to conduct hearings online, trial courts in 80 more cities and municipalities may now hold hearings via videoconference.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has asked the high court to make this mode of court hearings the “general rule” during the global health emergency to minimize the risk of virus transmission. –Dona Z. Pazzibugan
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