240 additional courts to handle drug cases

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Posted at Jul 19 2016 06:27 PM

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered 240 additional trial courts nationwide to handle cases involving violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the court acted on data that there are over 128,000 pending drug cases being heard nationwide by 715 Regional Trial Courts (RTCs).

The number of these RTCs, Te said, would be insufficient considering the steady rise of drug-related cases.

Of the 715 trial courts, 65 have been designated as "special anti-drugs courts exclusively trying violations of RA 9165," he said.

Additionally, 529 RTCs are also tasked to hear drug cases in addition to their regular case loads.

He added that 121 family courts also handle drug cases involving minors.

"By its action today, the court has effectively authorized all the 955 organized regional trial courts across the country to hear, try and decide drugs cases," Te concluded.

ABS-CBN News Channel, 19 July 2016