SC Reminds Litigants and Lawyers of the Official Time for Accepting Petitions, Pleadings, and Official Documents

April 26, 2019

The Supreme Court has reminded all litigants and lawyers to be mindful of the time in filing their petitions and other official documents before the High Tribunal, which should be during the Court’s official business hours.

In a two-page minute resolution in A.M. No. 06-8-18-SC (Re: Filing of Petitions/Pleadings After Office Hours), the Court stressed “that the deadline for acceptance of petitions, pleadings, original records of judicial cases and other official documents by the [Judicial Records Office] JRO Docket-Receiving Section shall be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the official business hours of the Court.”

The 4:30 p.m. deadline for receiving documents by the JRO, which is under the Office of the Clerk of Court (CoC), may only be “subject to extension of not later than 5:00 p.m. in the interest of justice, when instructed by the Members of this Court, through the Office of the Chief Justice, or by the Clerk of Court, without prejudice to the discretion of the Chief Justice to further extend the deadline for filing of important pleadings in very urgent circumstances.”

The Court directed the posting of this resolution in the SC website,, and furnishing of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines for its information and guidance.

(A.M. No. 06-8-18-SC (Re: Filing of Petitions/Pleadings After Office Hours), March 26, 2019)

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