Manila wants to clear huge court backlog

2014-10-16 17:25

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Manila - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Philippines said on Thursday that the country was overhauling its notoriously slow judicial system to speed up the resolution of cases from years to mere days.

Sereno said she would hire more trial court judges, hasten legal procedures and press authorities to enforce court rulings to clear a backlog that burdens judges with as many as 4 000 cases at a time.

"We want to say that in the Philippines, it's no longer justice delayed and therefore justice denied," said Sereno.

"We want people to experience justice in real time, justice on time," said Sereno, the country's first female chief justice and youngest to be named to the post.

Twenty-seven courts in the capital are pilot-testing a system in which "small" cases such as drug peddling are decided in four days, she said.

Some of the reforms are as simple as hearing cases more often and printing and releasing rulings on the same day to avoid delays that result in cases dragging for years, even decades, she added.

The Philippine justice system has long been notorious for its slow pace with even simple cases dragging on for years.

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