MANILA - The Sandiganbayan, with the assistance of the Asia Foundation and the Australian Embassy, has digitized its court calendar and archives of past decisions and resolutions for improved public access.
Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Mat Kimberly and Asia Foundation Senior Program Adviser Damcelle Cortes led the launch of the anti-graft court’s e-calendar which lists the cases being heard for the day as well as future hearings.
The e-calendar can be accessed through touchscreen monitors located within the building, as well as on the existing website of the Sandiganbayan.
“We are the first court in the Philippines to adopt a digital signage system which will assure the public of better tracking of their cases,” Cabotaje-Tang said in her speech.
The legal archives on the Sandiganbayan website meantime will be an electronic database of decisions and resolutions from 2014 to 2018 but will eventually include cases since the creation of the anti-graft court in 1978.
Cabotaje-Tang said digitizing of documents in the Sandiganbayan will help them achieve their goal of disposing of cases in one year.
“It is my hope that someday we reach an average case duration of only one year,” the judge said.
She also said the digital legal archives will help justices of the 7 divisions of the Sandiganbayan attain consistency in their decisions and resolutions.
“Well, 'yung katulad n'yan, 'yung sa research namin, we can access our own decisions, resolutions, that way we will be consistent sa mga decisions namin,” Cabotaje-Tang said.