Negros courts to hold continuous trial starting September

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Starting September, courts in Negros Oriental will hold continuous trials to resolve criminal cases within three months, instead of two to five years.

This is in line with guidelines from the Office of the Court Administrator, RTC Branch 30 Presiding Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. said.

He said this is to protect and advance the constitutional right of persons to a speedy disposition of their criminal cases, and to reinforce rules on criminal procedures prescribing periods for continuous action.

A training seminar was held for judges from Negros Oriental in Cebu recently.

The seminar was initiated by the Philippine Judicial Academy, the education arm of the Supreme Court, along with the United States Agency for International Development, American Bar Associate, Rule of Law Initiative, and the Asian Foundation.

But Tan said the revised guidelines will only apply to newly filed cases.

Meanwhile, Tan said the concerns of lawyers will be tackled during a dialog between the bench and the bar, especially for lawyers who have multiple clients.