More lower courts in the provinces have been placed on temporary lockdown as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the countryside.
In Ilagan City, Isabela, the regional trial court (RTC) and municipal trial court in cities (MTCC) were closed from August 6 to 12 after the entire city was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The Bacoor City Hall of Justice was also placed on lockdown from August 1 to August 14 following possible local COVID-19 transmission.
To contain the spread of the coronavirus, all judges and personnel of the RTC, MTCC, and Office of the Clerk of Court in Bacoor City have been advised to stay at home under the work-from-home scheme.
Those who tested positive for COVID-19 should immediately seek treatment, while those with exposure should undergo swab testing.
However, the courts shall continue to operate through their respective hotline numbers and judiciary emails.
Courts may also conduct video conference hearings and accept pleadings through electronic filing pursuant to existing circulars issued by the Supreme Court.
Following the reimposition of the MECQ in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the SC extended the closure of courts in the National Capital Region until August 18.