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Requirement for Filing of Initiatory Cases

  1. Civil Cases

    1. Number of pleadings required

      1. Original pleading and 14 copies For: En Banc cases under the 1987 Philippine Constitution
        COMELEC and COA cases
        Writ of Amparo
        Writ of Kalikasan
        HRET/SET cases Issues affecting National Interest
        Constitutionality cases

      2. Original pleading and 4 copies
        For: Division cases – decisions of lower courts/tribunal

    2. Attachments:

      1. For personally filed pleadings - Proof of Service to the lower court/tribunal and adverse party/parties.

        For pleadings filed thru registered mail – Proof of Service to the lower court/tribunal and adverse party/parties and Affidavit of Service.

      2. Annexes, if any, and must be labeled as “A”, “B”, “C”, etc.Soft copy of the pleading and annexes in PDF (in CD, USB) and a printed Verified Declaration that the PDF files contained in the CD/USB are complete and true copies of the pleading and annexes, if any, filed with the Supreme Court. There should be one (1) CD/USB per case containing one (1) PDF file of the original pleading filed with the Court and separate PDF files for the annexes, if any, i.e. one (1) PDF file per annex and not per page.  The filename of the PDF files must be the same as the title of the original pleading.

        If the CD/USB and the Verified Declaration are not attached with the original pleading at the time of filing with the Court, the soft copy of the pleading and annexes, if any, may be sent thru email at efile_jro@sc.judiciary.gov.ph within twenty- four (24) hours from date of filing of the original pleading with the Supreme Court.

        The email should have a cover letter enumerating the attachment/s sent. Thus:
        • One (1) PDF file per pleading filed with the Supreme Court.
        • One (1) PDF file per annex, if any.  If several annexes, create one (1) PDF file per annex and label each accordingly.
        • One (1) PDF file for the Verified Declaration that the PDF file/s attached to the email are complete and are true copies of the original pleading and annexes filed with the Supreme Court.
        • The filename of the attached PDF file must be the same as the title of the original pleading filed with the Supreme Court.

        Large files may be sent in several batches (10MB per email and 2MB per attachment).

    3. Payment of legal fees at the SC Cashier, SC Main Building.
    1. Number of pleadings required

      1. Original pleading and 14 copies For: En Banc cases under the 1987 Philippine Constitution

        COMELEC and COA cases
        Writ of Amparo
        Writ of Kalikasan
        HRET/SET cases
        Issues affecting National Interest
        Constitutionality cases

      2. Original pleading and 4 copies For: Division cases – decisions of lower courts/tribunal

    2. Attachments:
      1. Verification and Certification on Non-Forum Shopping. If the signatory is not the petitioner, proof of authority (ex. Secretary’s Certificate, Special Power of Attorney) to sign for petitioner/s must be attached.

      2. For personally filed pleadings - Proof of Service to the lower court/tribunal and adverse party/parties. For pleadings filed thru registered mail – Proof of Service to the lower court/tribunal and adverse party/parties and Affidavit of Service.

      3. Certified true copy/copies of the assailed decision, resolution or order of the lower court/tribunal.

      4. Annexes, if any, and must be labeled as “A”, “B”, “C”, etc.

      5. Soft copy of the pleading and annexes in PDF (in CD, USB) and a printed Verified Declaration that the PDF files contained in the CD/USB are complete and true copies of the pleading and annexes, if any, filed with the Supreme Court. There should be one (1) CD/USB per case containing one (1) PDF file of the original pleading filed with the Court and separate PDF files for the annexes, if any, i.e. one (1) PDF file per annex and not per page.  The filename of the PDF files must be the same as the title of the pleading.

        If the CD/USB and the Verified Declaration are not attached with the original pleading at the time of filing with the Court, the soft copy of the pleading and annexes, if any, may be sent thru email at efile_jro@sc.judiciary.gov.ph within twenty- four (24)  hours from date of filing of the original pleading with the Supreme Court.

        The email should have a cover letter enumerating the attachment/s sent. Thus:
        • One (1) PDF file per pleading filed with the Supreme Court.
        • One (1) PDF file per annex, if any.  If several annexes, create one (1) PDF file per annex and label each accordingly.
        • One (1) PDF file for the Verified Declaration that the PDF file/s attached to the email are complete and are true copies of the original pleading and annexes filed with the Supreme Court.
        • The filename of the attached PDF file must be the same as the title of the original pleading filed with the Supreme Court.

        Large files may be sent in several batches (10MB per email and 2MB per attachment).

    1. Payment of  legal fees at the SC Cashier, SC Main Building.

  2. Criminal Cases Elevated to the Supreme Court by Notice of Appeal

    1. Original records of the case forwarded by the Court of Appeals or Sandiganbayan
    2. Notice of Appeal filed by the accused-appellant/s with the Court of Appeals or Sandiganbayan
    3. Court Resolution giving due course to the notice of appeal

Steps for Filing

  1. Stamp mark on the upper left-hand portion of the 1st page of the ORIGINAL pleading and 1st page of every Annexes.
  2. Present Pleadings for verification and/or assessment of fees.
  3. Proceed to Cashier (SC Main Building) for payment of assessed fees.
  4. Return to Window 1 and present Proof of payment (O.R.) issued by the cashier and submit pleadings (original and required number of copies) to be filed.
  5. Await verification of content of CD / USB, pursuant to Efficient Use of Paper Rule.
  6. Await verification of completeness/accuracy of the requirements by the Receiving Officer.
  7. Assign and stamp a new case number.
  8. Receive Filer’s Copy of the pleadings assigned with a new case number and stamped date/time with the Judicial Records Office receiving machine.
NOTE: Follow up on the status of a case shall be with the Office of the Clerk of Court of the Division where the case is assigned.
  1. Stamp mark on the upper left-hand portion of the 1st page of the ORIGINAL pleading and 1st page of every Annexes.
  2. Present Pleadings for verification and/or assessment of fees, if with prayer for issuance of TRO/WPI or Motion for Special Raffle or Second and other subsequent Motion for Reconsideration.
  3. Proceed to Cashier (Main Building) for payment of assessed fees. (Application for TRO/ WPI, etc., if any)
  4. Return to Window 2 and present Proof of payment (O.R.) issued by the cashier and submit pleadings (original and required number of copies) to be filed.
  5. Await verification of content of CD / USB, pursuant to Efficient Use of Paper Rule.
  6. Await verification of completeness/accuracy of the requirements by the Receiving Officer.
  7. Receive Filer’s Copy of the pleadings stamped date/time with Judicial Records Office receiving machine.
NOTE: Follow up on the status of a case shall be with the Office of the Clerk of Court of the Division where the case is assigned.

Filing Fees

Pursuant to the En Banc Resolution dated January 10, 2018 in A.M. No. 17-12-09-SC (Re: Initial Recommendations on Administrative Adjustments from the Judiciary-Wide Committee on Legal Fees), docket and other legal fees for initiatory cases, including a petition-for-intervention, shall be the following:

Mode Legal fees Legal fees with prayer for TRO, WPI
Rule 45 P4,530.00 P5,830.00
Rule 65/Special Civil Action P4,830.00 P5,830.00
Rule 64 in relation to Rule 65 P4,830.00 P5,830.00

 

If the pleading is with a Motion for Special Raffle, there will be an additional P500.00 filing fee.

If the petitioner/petitioners is/are represented by the Public Attorney’s Office or the Office of the Solicitor General, the total amount for filing fee shall be P1,000.00 as Sheriff’s Trust Fund (A.M. No. 17-12-09-SC).

    1. Motion for Issuance of TRO, WPI

      Rule 45                                   -  P1,300.00
      Rule 65/Special Civil Action    -  P1,000.00
      Rule 64 in relation to Rule 65  -  P1,000.00

    2. Motion for Special Raffle            -    P500.00
    3. Second and other subsequent Motion
      for  Reconsideration                    –    P48.00

OFFICIAL BUSINESS HOURS OF THE SUPREME COURT

Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Chapter III, SC Human Resource Manual, 2012)

SOURCES:

  1. Sec. 4 (2-3), Article VIII, 1987 Philippine Constitution
  2. Sec. 5 (1-2), Article VIII, 1987 Philippine Constitution
  3. The 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Court
  4. The Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Court
  5. Efficient Use of Paper Rule (A.M. N 11-9-4-SC, November 13, 2012)
  6. Guidelines on Submission and Processing of Soft Copies of Supreme Court-Bound Papers Pursuant to the Efficient Use of Paper Rule
    (A.M. No. 10-3-7-SC, September 10, 2013)
  7. Re: Initial Recommendations on Administrative Adjustments from the Judiciary-Wide Committee on Legal Fees (A.M. No. 17-12-09-SC, January 10, 2018)
  8. Supreme Court Human Resource Manual, 2012