Santa Barbara road ordered closed for mobile court launch PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 June 2011 16:59

The Sta. Barbara road specifically from the gate of elementary school to the exit gate of Plaza del Pilar will be closed to traffic today, June 2 for the launching of the Enhanced Justice on Wheels, a program conceived by the Supreme Court using mobile courts to declog dockets and resolve cases.
The closure order is pursuant to Executive Order No. CL 404-2011 issued by Mayor Celso Lobregat, and takes effect from 7am to 3:30 pm today.

Mayor Lobregat said the Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) is a program conceived by the Supreme Court with a bus donated by the World Bank to reach out to poor Filipinos and expedite litigation of cases they are involved in.
Patterned after the program in Guatemala, the first Justice on Wheels Bus was first deployed on Dec. 20, 2004 during the time of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide. Incumbent Chief Justice Renato Corona has vowed to pursue the program considered as one of his predecessor’s legacies.

Judge Reynerio Estacio, Executive Judge and presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 14 requested for the temporary closure of the portion of the Sta. Barbara road to pave the way for a hassle-free launching of the Enhanced Justice on Wheels program in the city today.
The city administrator’s office has favorably endorsed the request, thus, the issuance of the EO by Mayor Lobregat.

Supreme Court officials headed by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez will be in the city today to launch the EJOW program and the Increasing Access to Justice by the Poor Program at 8am a the Hall of Justice in Sta. Barbara. The launching will be followed by court hearings and mobile court-annexed mediation at the same venue. It will be participated in by RTC Branches 12 to 17 and MTCC Branches 1 to 4, all in Zamboanga City; Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Jurisdiction RTC Branch 24, MCTC Ipil and MCTC Naga; and Imelda Zamboanga Sibugay Jurisdiction RTC Branch 13, MTC Alicia, MTC Buug, MCTC Olutanga and MCTC Malangas.

An information dissemination program will be held at Grand Astoria Hotel and jail visitation at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center at 10 a.m. It will be followed by meeting of SC Justices and officials at Alavar Restaurant and Closing Ceremonies at 12 noon at Grand Astoria with Deputy Court Administrator Raul Bautista Villanueva giving the closing remarks. Court personnel will have their team building activities also at Grand Astoria Hotel at 1:30 p.m.

From Zamboanga, the justice on wheels or mobile court will proceed to other areas in the region in the next coming days. The mobile court is custom-built to efficiently serve its functions. It is divided into two main sections: the front section serves as the courtroom, while the rear section serves as the mediation room. It is fully air-conditioned and equipped with amenities for the judge, the court personnel, the litigants and their lawyers. — Sheila Covarrubias