Courts, fiscals to issue e-subpoenas starting Apr. 30: report

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supreme-court A report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Friday, April 25, quoted Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas as saying that the e-subpoenas is “but the first of many changes being enforced in the judiciary.” Roxas met with SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary Leila de Lima in Baguio City as members of the Justice Sector Coordinating Council. According to the news report, the courts and government prosecutors from all over the Philippines can send out e-subpoenas starting April 30, when the ?judiciary, law enforcement agencies? and the [DOJ] synchronize their respective systems.? Roxas said in the report that court documents sent via the post office usually takes months to reach the litigants, prolonging what is already a tedious legal process. The DILG chief was also quoted saying that the Justice Sector Coordinating Council might also recommend the use of online court warrants and judicial notices. ?[B]ut this must be implemented one step at a time,? Roxas said, as quoted by the Inquirer. ?This would mean aligning the documentary processes of various agencies? It is not just a matter of sending communication by e-mail because these communications would also need to be secured [against tampering or hacking].? Last year, the SC launched in Quezon City the country’s e-Court system to automate court processes. The e-Court system, which uses a homegrown solution from local software house Ideyatech, is an electronic end-to-end case management system that organizes cases digitally, from filing of complaints to resolution and enforcement.]]>

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