A press statement issued by the SC's public information office (PIO) stated that "before the concept of small claims was introduced in our court system, the Revised Rule on Summary Procedure applied to money claims not exceeding P100,000 in first level courts outside Metro Manila, while P200,000 for first level courts within Metro Manila, known as MeTCs."
"As a consequence, money claims filed before the first level courts outside Metro Manila were all covered by the Revised Rules of Procedure for Small Claims Cases, whereas those filed before the MeTCs were considered either as small claims cases for claims of up to P300,000, or proceeded under the Revised Rule on Summary Procedure, for claims above P300,000 to P400,000."
This score is based on a number of indicators, one of which involves measuring the time and cost of resolving commercial disputes before the MeTCs in Quezon City for claims amounting to 200 per cent of the Philippine's income per capita, or P337,331.00.
The circular was addressed to executive judges and clerks of court in the regional trial courts (RTC), metropolitan trial courts (MeTC
) and municipal trial courts in cities (MTCC).
6 requiring a skeletal workforce to man Metropolitan Trial Courts (MeTC
) and Regional Trial Courts (RTC) in Metro Manila on Jan.
Extreme examples are the Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) Branch 80 in Muntinlupa and the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19 in Cavite which each have-believe it or not-over 3,500 cases.
Most provincial courts have lighter loads, but some have over 1,500 like: RTC Branch 16 in Bulacan; RTC Branches 89, 20, 22 and 23, Cavite; RTC Branches 24, 25 and 93, Laguna; RTC Branches 71, 73 and 74, Antipolo City; RTC Branches 66 and 68, Iloilo; RTC Branches 25, 26, 53, 55, 56, 60 and 61, Cebu; RTC Branch 38, Saranggani; and the MeTC Branch in Lapu-Lapu City.
The four new MeTCs will hold offices and sessions at the North Caloocan Hall of Justice located along Congressional Road, Barangay 173, North Caloocan, which was opened last week by officials from the local government and the judiciary.
Obviously, with these caseloads, the MeTCs of Caloocan were overloaded," Marquez said.
He said the courts would hopefully bring the justice system closer to the people, with most of the cases handled by the MeTCs coming from Caloocan North.