Press Release
September 18, 2012


Senator Chiz Escudero announced that the Senate had approved on third reading the creation of 71 new courts.

"The creation of these new courts in various provinces in the country would significantly decrease the number of unresolved cases in the regional and municipal courts. We have approved on third reading 69 Regional Trial Courts (RTCs), one Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC), and one Municipal Trial Court in City (MTCC) on September 17 alone," Escudero said.

The senator chairs the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Escudero said more additional courts are ready for sponsorship before the session adjourns this week.

Currently being routed for signing by the members of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Committee on Finance are seven more courts and the conversion of seven RTCs from Pasig City to Taguig City.

"Once these bills are enacted into law, it would be easier for people filing or facing charges before the court to attend hearings," the senator said.

Escudero said some cases remain unresolved due to the failure of the complainants to religiously attend court hearings which are held far from where they live.

"The creation of these new courts will primarily cause a significant drop in the number of still unresolved cases and declog court dockets," he added.

Approved on third reading were the creation of: one RTC in North Cotabato, four in Compostela Valley, one in Isabela, four in Bukidnon, one in Negros Oriental, 14 RTCs in Barili, Danao City, and Mandaue City in Cebu province, 17 in San Mateo and Antipolo City in Rizal province;

Two in Quezon, 10 in San Pedro, Sta. Cruz, and Biñan in Laguna province, four in Tarlac, six in Pampanga, and five in Malabon City.

Also approved were the creation of one MeTC in Malabon City and one MTCC in Antipolo City.

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