Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta lauds the Court of Tax Appeals for its 193% accomplishment rate. Speaking during the inauguration of the recently completed parking lot and walkway of CTA in Agham Road, Quezon City on February 19, 2020, the Chief Justice extolled the CTA for being able to decide on all its new cases as well as resolve a big part of its backlog. With him are (from left) CTA Presiding Justice Roman del Rosario, CTA Associate Justices (AJ), and Court of Appeals AJ Audrey Lampas Peralta.
The CJ has prioritized in his Ten-Point Program the declogging of the Judiciary’s dockets which he says has “institutionalized delay in our system and has thus validated the public’s perception that the wheels of justice in our country is grinding to a halt.” He emphasized the need to streamline the procedures and identify the avenues that promote delay instead of hasten resolution. This led to the review of the Rules of Court which then brought about the Revised Rules on Civil Procedure and the Revised Rules on Evidence which are slated to take effect on May 1, 2020.
A series of lectures will follow to familiarize the bench and the bar of these changes which feature the incorporation of technology in court hearings and trials. “There is no better time than now to take advantage of the advancement in technology and incorporate them by automating court processes and utilizing them in the way that we conduct trials, hearings, take testimonies, evidence, etc.”, the CJ concludes.