SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Aimed to give the poor greater access to justice, assisting in the speedy resolution of cases and expediting the release of detention prisoners, the Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) Program of the Supreme Court will be launched in the courts of Surigao City on Wednesday, July 4.
The said program intends to do court hearings that include promulgation of decisions and issuance of orders involving detention prisoners, mobile court-annexed mediation (for mediatable cases), information dissemination in which several lectures on recent laws designed to guide barangay officials on how to handle local disputes, jail visitation with medical/dental aid, and legal aid through the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Dialogue with Supreme Court officials attended by first- and second-level court judges and clerks of courts, provincial and municipal officials, non-government officials (NGOs), IBP officials and members, prosecutors, lawyers of Public Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology officials, police officials and team building were also part of the activities that will be conducted.
Victor A. Canoy, executive judge of the Regional Trial Court in Surigao City, said the project will provide immediate resolutions of conflicts through conciliation, mediation, or adjudication.
He said parties involved in mediatable cases such as family conflicts, land disputes, and slight physical injuries will be assisted to facilitate fast administration of justice.
The court administrator and his deputies are expected to grace on the activity on Wednesday.