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84 inmates ordered released during Justice on Wheels hearing in Legazpi

By Ed de Leon

Legazpi City (16 June) -- At least 84 inmates were ordered released after hearings were conducted during the visit of the Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) mobile Court to this City last Saturday.

This was disclosed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, EJOW project chairman, after the close of the mobile court hearings at the Albay Provincial Jail compound.

Ynares added that 10 cases were terminated after undergoing mediation proceedings while more than 100 inmates benefited from the medical, dental, and legal aid provided by EJOW.

No less than Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno led officials of the Supreme Court and the Philippine Judicial Academy in bringing his mobile court program to this city.

The Chief Justice witnessed the first hearing conducted by Executive Judge Edgar L. Armes of the Regional Trial Court Branch 4 on board the mobile court together with Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda after the opening program.

During the dialogue with barangay officials of Legazpi City at the Ibalong Conference Room, City Hall compound the Chief Justice reported that a total of 1,477 inmates have so far been released, 4514 cases terminated and 7,016 inmates benefited from the medical, dental, and legal aid in less than a year since EJOW was relaunched.

While here Puno also held a dialogue with the local judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other court officials at the People's Hall at theAlbay Capitol building.

He also visited the Hall of Justice which is currently undergoing repairs after it was damaged by a super typhoon in 2006. (PIA) [top]

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