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Frequently Asked Questions

A. Who can access the E-Library? Only authorized users can access the E-Library, which has the full text search and retrieval function. All others may access only the non-searchable decisions in the Jurisprudence Section of the Supreme Court Main Website. Authorized users must first register on-line before they can log-in to the E-Library . Authorized users in the Judiciary are justices, judges, clerks of courts, court attorneys, court librarians, and certain officials of the Supreme Court, Philja, OCA, and the JBC. Non-judiciary personnel in government may access the E-Library upon prior arrangement with the Supreme Court E-Library Committee. Officials of APJR partners of the Supreme Court, as well as editors of law school journals published in the E-Library, may also access the E-Library. Law libraries of law schools are also given access to the E-Library.

B. How do I register to access the E-Library? Simply click Register and accomplish the registration form. Items with the red asterisk (*) must be filled-up. Adopt a username and password that are easy to remember. All the information in the registration form (other than the username and password) is pre-encoded in the E-Library database. The information you fill-in must correspond with the information pre-encoded in the database. If not, an error message will appear and you cannot register. If an error message keeps appearing, go to Contact Us and write an email to the E-Library, giving your full name, date of birth, court station or institution, and ID or EDP number. The Librarian will verify your information with the information in the database and make the necessary corrections. After 48 hours, try to register again.

C. What will I do if I forget my username or password? Please contact us.

D. Do I have to change the information in my existing registration if I change my court station or get promoted? Please contact us.

E. How do I cite decisions downloaded from the E-Library? Cite decisions as follows: Case title, number, date, SC E-Library.
  1. For Supreme Court decisions: People v. Cruz, G.R. No. 123456, 2 January 2005, SC E-Library .
  2. For Court of Appeals decisions: Santos v. Cruz, CA-G.R .No. 123456, 2 January 2005, SC E-Library .
  3. For Sandiganbayan decisions: People v. Cruz, SB Criminal Case No. 123456, 2 January 2005, SC E-Library .
  4. For Court of Tax Appeals decisions: Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Juana Cruz, CTA Case No. 123456, 2 January 2005, SC E-Library .
F. Which prevails in case of conflict in the text of the decision - the E-Library or the printed decision?
Decisions in the E-Library are copies of the original printed decisions. Thus, in case of conflict in the text, the original printed decision, as certified by the proper Clerk of Court upon its promulgation, shall prevail. The same rule applies to laws, presidential issuances, and regulations found in the E-Library. In case of conflict, the text in the official printed copy of the law, presidential issuance or regulation prevails over the text in the E-Library.
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