Today is Sunday, August 19, 2018


By Cheryl Joy D. Dean

In response to the public’s nagging suspicion that the raffle of cases in the Court of Appeals may be “rigged”, a proposal to amend Sec. 2, Rule III of the Internal Rules of the Court of Appeals was made, to wit:

Petitions for Review under Rules 42 and 43 and Sec. 3(b) of Rule 122, annulment of judgments under Rule 47, special civil actions under Rule 65, 66 and 71, habeas corpus under Rule 102 of the Rules of Court, writ of amparo under A.M. No. 07-9-12, writ of habeas data under A.M. No. 08-1-16-SC and petitions under Republic Act No. 9372 (Human Security Act of 2007) shall be raffled to a Justice for completion, study and report by the use of the ELECTRONIC RAFFLE SYSTEM upon filing thereof and proper payment of the required fees at the One-Stop Processing Center of the Court. Provided, however, that whenever there are only at least five (5) remaining slots to complete a round for equal assignment of cases, the case/s shall be raffled under a new round with the qualification that the said five (5) slots will get two (2) cases in the said new round.

If approved by the Court of Appeals en banc, it is hoped that the Second Highest Court of the Land will regain the public’s trust and the present Las Vegas Bingo Machine Style raffling of cases will become a thing of the past.

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