Mayor sees no need for night court

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Friday, July 11, 2014

A NIGHT court is unnecessary. At least momentarily.

This was Mayor Mauricio Domogan's response to a suggestion calling for Baguio City to have a night court.

"Fortunately, wala pang kaso that necessitates our courts to render duty at nighttime," the mayor said but stressed it may be considered.


Regional Trial Court Judge Mia Joy Cawed recommended for Baguio City to establish a night court during the recently held 2nd quarter meeting of the City Justice, Peace and Order Council.

"It was only last month that I have learned Baguio, a highly urbanized city, can have a night court," she said.

Cawed added being one of the major tourist destinations in the country, there must be a court ready to hear cases at night.

Although the RTC may extend working hours Monday to Friday and may authorize judge and lawyers to man the court on weekends, currently, it only depends on the call of duty.

"Every night dapat merong court na ready to hear cases kapag may magfile," Cawed stressed adding it may be sometimes necessary to grant bail and dispose charges.

Cawed also told media although designating duty schedule will depend on the executive judge, volunteerism among judges, prosecutors and public attorneys to take on the night shift will help make the night court efficient.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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