Duterte eyes decongestion of court dockets with appointment of judges-at-large

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2019 11:12 AM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law for the appointment of judges-at-large at trial courts to decongest court dockets of voluminous cases.

The Judges-at-Large Act of 2019, signed by the President on Aug. 30 but made public only Wednesday, provides for the appointment of 100 regional trial judges-at-large, and 50 municipal trial judges-at-large.

Under the new measure, the Supreme Court can assign the judges-at-large to any regional and municipal trial court as acting or assisting judges to any regional and municipal trial court that are overloaded with cases. The length of the temporary assignment of the judges-at-large will also be determined by the high tribunal.

Those who will be assigned as judges-at-large are entitled to the same salaries, privileges, allowances, benefits, and rank and title as those of their counterpart trial court judges, the law stated.

Funding for the implementation of the new law will come from available appropriations of the judiciary under the current General Appropriations Act.