Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta (2nd from left), Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez (leftmost), and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor B. Ledda (not in photo) stood as witnesses as the Philippines, through Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary J. Eduardo Malaya (2nd from right), deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Service of Process Convention at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands with the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Treaties Division Head of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Mr. Jules van Eijndhoven (rightmost) during the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy of The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) on March 4, 2020.
Chief Justice Peralta welcomed the accession as it will minimize delays in the justice system and enhance the overall administration of justice. He has underscored in all his speaking engagements that the Peralta Court would prioritize the declogging of court dockets.
The HCCH Convention establishes a streamlined transmission of judicial and extrajudicial documents from one State Party to another State Party.
Further, the convention is one of the most practical international instruments with a direct benefit to the millions of Filipinos globally who are burdened with inefficiencies in the traditional mode of serving processes.