SC takes paperless route for ecology


The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court will slowly be implementing a “paper-less judiciary” as part of its environmental advocacy.

A new set of regulations would maximize the use of every sheet of paper in rulings to be issued by the courts and in the pleadings to be filed by parties.

The Supreme Court en banc, through Administrative Matter No. 11-9-4 SC or the Efficient Use of Paper Rule promulgated on Nov. 13, noted that there was a need to cut the judicial system’s use of “excessive quantities of costly paper, save our forests, avoid landslides and mitigate the worsening effects of climate change that the world is experiencing.”

The rule, effective Jan. 1, shall apply to all courts and quasijudicial bodies under the administrative supervision of the Supreme Court.

The new rule requires all pleadings, motions and similar papers intended for the consideration of all courts and quasijudicial bodies to be written in single space with one-and-a-half space between paragraphs, using an easily readable 14-size font of the party’s choice and on 13- by 8.5-inch bond paper.

All decisions, resolutions and orders issued by courts and quasijudicial bodies, as well as reports submitted to the courts and transcripts of stenographic notes, are subject to the same requirements. Jerome Aning

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  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Based on the above news report, it looks like the Supreme Court forgot to specify the size of the margins to be used.  Just like Congress forgetting to define what “marginalized” means, when it passed the “Party-List System Act.”

  • heaven_spawn

    Such guidelines are moot unless all courts do away with “triplicate” copies. Otherwise you’re still printing the same text on three copies. They should also encourage the use of electronic transmission of digital copies as opposed to printing.

  • blainz

    To further save paper, the statements of ex-CJ Corona should be archived in 6 pt. Comic Sans. while the plagiarized decisions of del Castillo can take same-sized Wingdings. Half space line separation, ¼” margins all over, double sided print.

  • nag

    Another case of “careless” writing. The headline says “paperless”. Paperless means use of electronic technology. But it was never mentioned in the report.

    ‘Paperless’ is impossible. ‘Less paper’ is more doable.

  • padrefaura

    The courts should accept scanned or electronic pleadings instead of multiple duplicates so as to save paper

  • Torns Bflores

    Masarap at madaling ipakisama  ang hindi sa iyo,suhol ito o form of reward para sa mga kapanalig na matsing, water marks kaya para sa mga paper supplies at engrave para sa iba pa? sa dami ng supply mesa man o computer makikilala kung sino ang kapanalig na matsing na primadonna at stronghold, dapat may supply din na basahan at siguraduhing may tubig ang kubeta ng Judicial Complex gaya dito sa Kalookan matagal ng walang tubig, siguradong katipiran ito sa papel na supply na pamunas at pamandewang,maliban sa carbon paper, may pag-aaral na ba kung may kaugnayan ang pagkaubos ng supply sa opening of classes? ngayong alam na natin ang batayan sa pagwaldas ng supplies, di malayong ito rin ang standard sa pag-uuniforme, attendance , performance rating a promotion, sana ay mademocratize na ang pag-didistribute at pag-gamit  ng supplies 1996 pa ako sa Branch 120 ng RTC Kalookan, mahigit isang dekada ng abogado hindi pa ako naisyuhan ng computer kahit yung makinilya  kagaya kay Ninoy sa 500 bill, hindi pa ako naka hawak ng computer na katas ng JDF,( hawak lang pala eh, parang alam ko na na ceremonial pa ang Compliance dito) bagamat nakailang palit na ang mga kaopisina kong mga nagretiro na ng computer at itong mga bagong kaopisina na musmos pa lamang noong ako ay makapasa sa abugasya, maramin pang kailangang ayusin si CJ Serreno, kung sabagay may 18 taoon pa sya.

  • Horst Manure

    That’s good a paperless judicial in pointless courts using profitable lawyers in a painful long drawn out impotent process, No one obeys any time or guidelines imposed by the Caught s.
    There is no hope of progress while  hardly any legal firms have a computer to E mail their victims.
     No only do you save paper you save on postage as well but that’s progress and we can’t have any of this in case some scam is stopped.

  • nti_boohaya

    Another case of brainstorming an idea leaked or a directive lacking thorough brainstorming or planning .  Ganyan ang kalimitan nangyayari na kung isang tao ay nasa poder na magiging expert na sa lahat pati na IT or office managemnet.  Please include the experts in crafting any directive such as this.  The least they can do is to be the devil’s advocate para naman mga directives na yan ay hindi lang “waste of laway”.

  • Joboni 96

    siguraduhin lang
    server and workstation security
    file integrity

    baka ma delete copy paste
    mga desisyon

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