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2009/06/09

Chief Justice to launch "Justice on Wheels" in Legazpi

By Ed de Leon

Legazpi City (9 June) -- Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno will lead court officials in bringing Justice on Wheels (JOW) mobile court to this City to hear cases of detainees on Saturday at the provincial jail, Executive Judge Edgar L. Armes disclosed yesterday.

Armes said that The Chief Justice will arrive on Friday and immediately hold a media interaction with local media at the airport arrival area conference room of the Air Transportation Office. (ATO).

He said that Chief Justice Puno will also lead the inauguration of the newly constructed Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Albay chapter building in this city headed by its new President Atty. Maryilou Duka-Castillo on the same day.

On Saturday, the Chief Justice will launch the Justice on Wheels program inside the Provincial Jail compound where Regional and Municipal Trial Court judges will hold hearing inside the two salas on the JOW bus on long pending cases in the presence of the accused detainees as part of the "Enhanced Justice On Wheels and Increasing Access to Justice by the Poor Program" of the Supreme Court.

The Mobile Court is a venue for providing accessibility to justice to poor people who have been detained without their cases being heard.

Armes said that all jail inmates of the Provincial and City jail will also be treated by a medical and dental and mission side by side with the mobile court hearings and provided free legal advises.

The Chief justice will also meet and have a dialogue with court officials and IBP members as part of his itinerary.

Chief Justice Puno will be accompanied during his visit to this city by Supreme Copurt Justice Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, JOW committee project chair. (PIA-5) [top]

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