Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno stated the Enhanced Justice on Wheels or EJOW program has efficiently improved entry to justice through its mobile court hearings since its launch in 2009.
“To further the reach of access to justice, especially to the underserved parts of the country, the EJOW Program was launched to enable make-shift court buses to reach far flung areas. While it has already facilitated the release of 9,000 plus prisoners as of date, we expect it to further touch the lives of many more Filipinos whose life still rests in uncertainty inside detention cells/prisons,” Sereno defined.
Sereno additionally reported the revised pointers for steady trial system which might take impact nationwide on Sept. 1 which might permit courts to conduct trials set sooner or later aside, uninterrupted by dilatory postponements
“As much as we can also, reforms are spread out to different parts of the country, in our goal of increasing access to justice. You will see that reforms are being implemented in regions outside the capital, where people often do not have sufficient access to lawyers and courts or even if they have access to courts, these courts do not have the complete resources to do their jobs,” stated Sereno .
Sereno stated the SC has deployed 635 court decongestion officers to assist decongest all courts throughout the nation.
“The deployment of decongestion officers is an expansion of Hustisyeah, a one-time case decongestion program participated in by law students who assisted judges in legal research and formulation of case decongestion plans. Since its inception in 2013 to date, 62 percent or 32,060 out of 51,825 priority cases targeted for disposition have been removed from the dockets. Hustisyeah is another clear example of the youth’s potential in shaping the direction of our country,” the Chief Justice stated.