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IBP welcomes amendments to rules on civil procedure, evidence

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has welcomed amendments made by the Supreme Court (SC) on the Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules on Evidence which are expected to speed up legal procedures.

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“The IBP appreciates and supports the reform agenda of the Supreme Court and is committed to work and cooperate with the judiciary, quasi-judicial and administrative bodies, and all institutions in the justice sector towards justice BILIS (fast justice),” IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa said.

Cayosa said the amendments “incorporate developments in law, jurisprudence, international conventions, and technological advancements.”

“More importantly, they will facilitate and expedite the resolution of cases,” he added.

Last Aug. 20, the SC launched the 2019 amendments on the 1997 Rules on Civil Procedure and Rules on Evidence.

SC Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said the amendments were made to “simplify the flow of cases in court and prevent other factors that prolong the resolution of cases, thus, ensuring an efficient and effective administration of justice.”

“This is especially important during this time of pandemic,” Peralta said during the launch.

The chief magistrate said the amendments are “aimed at addressing the problems of decongestion of dockets and unnecessary delays in the conduct of court hearings for just, speedy, and inexpensive disposition of cases.” 

Amendments to the Rules on Evidence include changes in classifications of types and evaluation of evidence admissible in court and inclusion of provisions implementing the Apostille Convention.

All evidence must now be offered orally and does away with the traditional way of offering documentary evidence, objecting to the offer and ruling on the objection, which were all done in writing.

Amendments to the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure include the modification of requirements to institute an action and adjustments to the flow of court proceedings such as doing away with preliminary conference before the branch clerk of court, and immediate conduct of pre-trial by the judge before the referral of the case for Court-Annexed Mediation.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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