MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered all courts in the National Capital Region (NCR) to maintain a skeletal force during the visit of Pope Francis from January 15 up to 19.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno issued Administrative Order (AO) No. 02-2015 to ensure adequate judicial services in the NCR judicial region.
First and second level courts, meaning municipal trial courts and regional trial courts, have been directed to maintain the operations of their respective Offices of the Clerk of Court for for the three working days within the Papal visit.
Those who will comprise the skeletal forces during the holiday shall be entitled to overtime/holiday pay.
Malacanan, through Proclamation No. 963, declared January 15, 16 and 19 as special non-working days.