President Aquino signs
laws creating more Trial Court branches
MANILA, Dec. 17 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into
laws five bills creating additional branches in the country's trial courts.
Republic Act (RA) No. 10711 creates five more branches of the Regional Trial
Court (RTC) and five additional branches of the Metropolitan Trial Court to
be stationed in Pasay City in the National Capital Judicial Region.
RA No. 10712 creates an additional branch of the RTC to be stationed in
Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Province in the 5th Judicial Region.
The National Capital Judicial Region will have three more RTC branches to be
stationed in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, with the implementation of RA No.
RA 10714 creates one more RTC branch to be stationed in Vigan City, Ilocos
Sur Province in the 1st Judicial Region, while RA No. 10715 creates three
additional RTC branches in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Province in the
6th Judicial Region.
The new laws, which were signed by President Aquino last Dec. 9, amend
Sections 14 and 27 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 129, otherwise known as "The
Judiciary Reorganization Act of 180", and all other laws, executive orders,
and rules and regulations that are inconsistent with the new laws.
The Supreme Court will assign the respective numbers of the newly created
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in coordination with the Secretary
of the Department of Justice, shall include in its program the funds
necessary for the operation of the additional courts.
The funds shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act. (PNA)