Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin and City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista (third and fourth from left) lead the ribbon-cutting during the Inauguration and Blessing Ceremonies of the new Quezon City Hall of Justice (HOJ)-Annex on May 2, 2019 at the Quezon City Hall Complex, Brgy. Central, Quezon City. Also in the photo are (from left) Executive Judge Cecilyn E. Burgos-Villavert, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, Mr. Laurencito R. Tiu of building contractor Millennium Erectors Corporation, Assistant Court Administrator Lilian C. Barribal-Co, RTC Branch 84 Judge Luisito G. Cortez, (back row) other officials of the Office of the Court Administrator, and Quezon City judges.
In his message, Chief Justice Bersamin said: “Courthouses have so much meaning to the lives of our people. It is in the courthouses, and nowhere else, where the public expect their oath-bound judges to try and hear their legitimate concerns, resolve and settle their myriad disputes, respond to their unaddressed clamor for basic fairness, and vindicate their rejected or ignored grievances against others as well as against government.”
The new HOJ building, constructed primarily for the use of Regional Trial Courts, can now accommodate 52 court salas and features an integrated data infrastructure for the management of eCourts and rooms with video link or live link equipment needed during family court hearings.
The QC HOJ Annex will also house a business center, a day care center, a library, an office for the Philippine Judges Association, and a waiting area for the Department of Justice.
(Caption by Darylle Evie Mae C. Catabay; Photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez)