Guidelines on bail for cybercrimes released by DOJ

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DOJ The Supreme Court ruled in February 2014 that the controversial law is not unconstitutional even if more than 20 petitions were filed against it. The guidelines on crimes committed the new law are indicated in Department Circular No. 020 (DC 020) signed by DOJ secretary Leila M. De Lima. ?Since the passage of our cybercrime law, numerous complaints of cybercrime were received and investigated by our law enforcement authorities. These have resulted to filing of criminal cases and requires the provision of bail as a balance, for provisional liberty,? said De Lima. ?This issuance will guide our prosecutors and public defenders on the amount of bail to recommend to the courts — to fill in the gap in the schedule since this is a relatively new law,? she said. DC 020 supports the Supreme Court?s A.M. No. 12-11-2 dated March 18, 2014 for public prosecutors to assist the courts in fixing the amount of bail considering several factors. ?This is part of the Department?s commitment to ensure that bail is indexed and updated. Timely and relevant issuance of guidelines will make our criminal justice system more relevant,? said DOJ assistant secretary Geronimo L. Sy, chair of the Committee on the Revision of the Bail Bond Guide. The panel is tasked to review and recommend changes to the 2000 Bail Bond Guide in consideration of the Constitution, Rules of Court, jurisprudence, and ensure that bail is not unduly burdensome for the underprivileged. It also aims to decongest detention facilities. ]]>

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