Work suspended in SC, CA, lower courts on Nov. 16-20 — CJ Sereno

MANILA, Nov. 13 (PNA) — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno on Friday announced the suspension of work on Nov. 16-20 in the Supreme Court (SC), Court of Appeals (CA) and the lower courts in some areas due to road closures for the Philippines’ hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Leaders’ Meeting (APEC).

In view of Proclamation No. 1072 and Memorandum Circular No. 84, calling off work in government offices in Metro Manila from Nov. 17-20 2015, and the expected difficulty of travelling on Nov. 16 in some areas of Metro Manila due to road closures, Chief Justice Sereno has ordered the schedule of work suspensions for the period Nov. 16-20, 2015.

For Monday, work is suspended in the first and second level courts of Manila and Makati City.

The Executive Judges are directed to maintain a skeletal force for the purpose of receiving emergency filings.

Work is suspended in the SC except for the offices of the Judicial Records Office (JRO), Cashier, Motor pool, Clerk of Court En Banc (only for purposes of the En Banc session) and Chambers of Justices (only for purposes of the En Banc session).

Work is suspended at the Court Appeals (CA), except in the offices of its Judicial Records Division and Cash Division, and such other offices that the Presiding Justice may determine should remain open.

For Tuesday-Friday, work is suspended in all courts in the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR), except that the respective Presiding Justices of the Sandiganbayan and the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) shall maintain a skeletal force for the purpose of attending to urgent matters such as returns of warrants of arrest.

The Executive Judges of the first and second level trial courts in the NCJR also should maintain a skeletal force for emergency filings. (PNA)