The House committees on justice and appropriations have approved two bills calling for the creation of additional courts in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
House Bills 3770 and 3771, filed by Cebu Representatives Luigi Quisumbing (Cebu, 6th district) and Arturo Radaza (lone district of Lapu-lapu City), are now on their way to be approved, as both bills have passed deliberation in their respective committees.
Radaza’s HB 3771, which will add four regional trial courts (RTCs) and two municipal trial courts in cities (MTCCs) in Lapu-lapu City, has been approved in the House committee on justice and appropriations and will be undergoing its third and final reading in the plenary, before being transmitted to the Senate.
Lawyer Michael Dignos, Radaza’s executive secretary, said Radaza filed the bill due to the increasing caseload of Lapu-lapu City’s three existing RTCs.
The Supreme Court had recommended for the establishment of additional courts in Lapu-lapu City because of this concern.
Quisumbing’s HB 3770, which authorizes the creation of three additional RTCs in Mandaue City, has also been approved by the House committee on appropriations last November 16.
It has yet to be scheduled for hearing in the committee on justice.
Quisumbing, in a statement, said he filed the bill due to the request of lawyers and litigants for additional courts to handle the load now raffled to the RTCs in Mandaue City.
There are three RTCs in Mandaue City, Branches 28, 55 and 56.
“The sheer volume of cases has become overwhelming for our trial courts. Ordinary party-litigants, especially those from below-average income class, suffer damage due to the snail-paced judicial process,” Quisumbing said.