Saturday, November 18, 2017

Philippine Supreme Court designates commercial courts as cybercrime courts

The Supreme Court has passed a resolution (Administrative Matter No. 03-03-03-SC) designating commercial courts (from the regional trial court branches) as cybercrime courts that will try and decide cases covered by Republic Act (RA) No. 10175, otherwise known as the "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

According to the resolution, the cybercrime courts in a judicial region shall have territorial authority over the entire region where the regional trial court is located. Cybercrime cases must also be filed in the office of the clerk of court in the official station of the proper cybercrime court.

The resolution was approved by the Supreme Court (en banc) on 15 November 2016. It was officially released by the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) through OCA Circular No. 18-2017 on 17 January 2017. 

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