All salas of the Manila’s regional (RTC) and metropolitan trial court (MeTC) will be placed on lockdown due to coronavirus fears until the end of this month, it was announced.
But the judges may hold hearings through video teleconferencing and receive electronically-filed motions and pleadings while the City Hall premises undergo disinfection.
RTC executive judge Virgilio Macaraig, in a memo sent to all the branches, said all court offices from the third to the fifth floors of the Manila City Hall building will be closed for disinfection when two unnamed employees were exposed to relatives who tested positive for Covid19.
For her part, MeTC executive judge Carissa Anne Frondozo ordered a lockdown enforced until June 29 after a security guard tested positive.
All judges and court personnel were strongly advised to self-quarantine and cooperate with contact tracing efforts to avoid any future complications which would require another general work stoppage over Covid fears.