Court stats show 872 more pending cases

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

THE number of cases pending in 22 Cebu City trial courts increased by 872 at the end of 2013.

This means that from 10,787 pending cases in 2012, the statistics went up to 11,659 cases in 2013, court records showed.

Of the pending cases last year, 7,998 are criminal cases, followed by civil cases, with 2,671; special civil action, with 205; special proceedings, 533; land cases, 204; and others cases like election protest, 84.


Natural calamities, such as super typhoon Yolanda and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the region last year, partly triggered the delay in the case resolution, court statistician Rose Marie Pe observed.

Court hearings and proceedings temporarily stopped last year because of the calamities, she said.

RTC records

The records section of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) showed that about 10,738 cases are pending at the beginning of 2013.

The lower courts received 5,744 cases filed last year. These cases included newly filed ones, revived or re-opened, cases from other branches, inhibited or re-raffled from other salas.

Trial court judges in Cebu City also managed to dispose a total of 4,786 cases in 2013.

Of the disposed cases, 3,137 of these are criminal, 813 civil cases, 67 special civil action, 472 special proceedings, 213 land dispute-related cases and 83 other cases.

“Disposed of” cases are those cases that were either archived, decided on, dismissed or transferred to other court branches. These cases included civil, criminal, special civil action, special proceedings and land disputes.

Based on the RTC clerk of court report, 11,659 cases were pending at the end of 2013.

The bulk of pending cases at the end of 2013 involved criminal cases, with 7,998; civil cases, with 2,671; special civil actions, with 205; special proceedings, with 533; land cases, with 204; and other cases, with 57.

Judge Samuel Malazarte of the RTC Branch 15 has the most number of pending cases at the end of 2013, with 940 cases. Malazarte inherited about 600 cases from the late Judge Fortunato de Gracia, who died in March last year.

Judge Ramon Daomilas of RTC Branch 11 has the least number of pending cases, with 194.

In January 2012, there were 10,271 pending cases. That same year, there were 5,373 disposed cases, while 5,865 cases were filed.

Under the law, the courts are mandated to decide criminal case for 90 days after these are submitted for resolution.

Republic Act 8493, or the Speedy Trial Act of 1998, mandates judges to terminate a criminal case 180 days after the filing of the case in court.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 10, 2014.

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