QC urges SC to designate a special court to handle local law offenses

TO deliver speedy disposition of local cases and help declog municipal and regional trial courts, the Quezon City Council passed a resolution urging the Supreme Court to designate a special court in all cities and municipalities to handle cases of violation of local ordinances.

City Resolution 7601-2018, introduced by Councilors Gian Carlo G. Sotto and Godofredo Liban II, states that infractions of city or municipal ordinances is a perennial occurrence in barangays that contribute to the heavy workload of trial courts.

The lack of special courts that exclusively handle, hear, and decide all cases of infractions of City or Municipal Ordinances unduly forces longer imprisonment of suspects, the City Council said.

Inordinate delay in the resolution of cases involving infraction of city or municipal ordinances causes the clogging of detention cells, vulnerability of inmates to illnesses, and injustices for languishing in jail more than the penalty to be imposed on them,” the resolution reads.

Republic Act No. 7160, also known as the Local Government Code, provides that cities and municipalities may impose minimal fine and a shorter period of imprisonment on ordinance infractions.

A municipal ordinance offender may be fined up to PhP2,500 or imprisoned of up to six months while a city ordinance may be fined up to hPP5,000 pesos or imprisoned of up to a year.


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