With Cybercrime Law, Sereno Court hears its first oral arguments

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[/caption] It is the first oral arguments of the court to be presided over by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno since her appointment as such on August 24, 2012. To help prepare the counsels for the parties in relation to the multiple issues raised, SC Associate Justice Roberto A. Abad took the initiative of meeting with the counsels of the petitioners on Friday to discuss possible ground rules. One of the purposes of the meeting was to determine which of the many issues presented by the various petitions should be heard on oral arguments and which of the remaining issues could be argued in written memoranda to be submitted to the court after the oral arguments. The final list and sequence of issues to be argued, the counsels to argue the same, the time allotted for the said counsels to present their arguments, and additional dates for oral arguments, if any, will be resolved by the court en banc in its first session of the year on Jan. 8, 2012, and embodied in an advisory to be issued to all the parties. Last October 9, the Court had issued a temporary restraining order, effective for 120 days, against the implementation/enforcement of the law after various groups from the media and civil society; and several individuals, including some members of Congress, had petitioned the court to strike down some or all of the provisions of the law. The Solicitor General, as counsel for the government, has already submitted its comment to the various petitions arguing in favor of the constitutionality of a majority of the provisions of the law. ]]>

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