SC first: Cybercrime oral debates available on website


Posted at Jan 16 2013 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 04:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday released an audio recording of the oral arguments on the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The audio file has been posted on and may be downloaded from the Supreme Court website.

“You can now listen to or download the mp3 of the entire oral argument on the cybercrime Act at the microsite for the Cybercrime Act orals at the SC website,” the SC PIO said in a text message to reporters.

Oral arguments of the high tribunal have been open to the public but recording of the hearings are prohibited under SC rules.

Even the media is barred from recording the proceedings in the high court. Reporters are not allowed to use audio or video recorders while covering oral arguments.

Proceedings of the SC in its session hall are strictly closed door. Not even the clerk of court is allowed inside the chamber when justices are deliberating on cases during their full-court sessions.

Results of the deliberations are only relayed by the chief justice or acting chair of the SC to the clerk of court after the proceedings.

This is why court observers viewed the move to make public recording of the oral argument as a positive step toward transparency in the high court.