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September 26, 2006

Buy Your Own Notebook Computer

    Details: To provide justices, judges of trial courts and lawyers of the Supreme Court the opportunity to own a notebook computer and thus hasten the computer literacy program of the Judiciary. A.M. No. 05-9-18-SC GUIDELINES ON THE OPERATION OF THE COMPUTER ACQUISITION PROGRAM FOR JUSTICES, JUDGES OF TRIAL COURTS AND LAWYERS OF THE SUPREME COURT I.OBJECTIVE To provide justices, judges of trial courts and lawyers of the Supreme Court the opportunity of acquiring a computer notebook to hasten the computer literacy program for the Judiciary. More importantly, since the decisions and circulars of the Supreme Court will be distributed principally through the E-Library (CD & Internet versions), judges and court attorneys have no alternative but to use the computer . II. CONCEPT Pursuant to Administrative Matter No. 05-9-18-SC dated September 20, 2005 (Adopting A Computer Acquisition Program for Justices, Judges of Trial Courts, and Lawyers of the Supreme Court; Setting Aside for the Purpose Fifty Million Pesos from the Twenty Percent of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) allotted for Equipment and Facilities and for Other Purposes), the Supreme Court will provide an interest-free loan for the acquisition of notebook computers to all qualified justices, judges of trial courts or lawyers of the Supreme Court on a repayment scheme of not more than 36 monthly instalments. III. FUNDS The amount of 50 Million Pesos, hereafter known as the Computer Literacy Fund, has been set aside from the 20% of the JDF allotted for equipment and facilities, which amount may be increased from time to time as the need arises as determined by the Chief Justice. IV. COVERAGE These guidelines shall apply to applicant Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, Judges of Trial Courts, including Shari'a Courts, and lawyers employed in the Supreme Court. V. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS A. To qualify, the applicant must: 1. still be able to serve the Judiciary for at least three (3) years from the approval of the application, except (1) court attorneys holding co-terminous positions in which case the surety of the Supreme Court Savings and Loan Association, the Supreme Court Employees' Multi-Purpose Cooperative, or the Judiciary Savings and Loan Association shall be sufficient; (2) justices; and (3) judges; 2. have rendered at least three (3) years of continuous service in the Judiciary as reflected in the service record, except justices, judges, and court attorneys holding co-terminous positions; 3. not more than fifty-nine (59) years of age as of the date of application, except justices and judges; 4. no pending administrative or criminal case; 5. have a minimum 30 days leave credits; 6. have met the minimum P 3,000.00 net take home pay; and 7. have at least two (2) qualified co-makers or in lieu thereof, the surety of the Supreme Court Savings and Loan Association, the Supreme Court Employees' Multi-Purpose Cooperative, or the Judiciary Savings and Loan Association. B. The co-makers must: 1. be employees of the Court; 2. hold a permanent appointment; and 3. occupy positions with at least the same salary grade as the borrower and preferably assigned in the same court/branch. VI. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES A. THE COMMITTEE FOR THE COMPUTER ACQUISITION PROGRAM FOR JUSTICES, JUDGES OF TRIAL COURTS AND LAWYERS OF THE SUPREME COURT (CCAP) shall: 1. assign staff to handle the administration and operation of the Program; 2. negotiate and enter into contract or agreement with computer companies to sell, distribute and service computers under the Program at the lowest possible cost; 3. arrange with reputable companies for group life insurance coverage for the protection of both borrowers and the CCAP; 4. give out individual loans without interest in an amount not exceeding Thirty Six Thousand Pesos ( P 36,000.00) payable in 36 equal monthly instalments; 5. see to it that all necessary documents relating to the loan as required by the rules and regulations are satisfied; and 6. render necessary reports. B. THE CONTRACTOR/DISTRIBUTOR/SUPPL IER - The private company engaged by the CCAP on an exclusive basis to deliver and service the computer units shall: 1. administer the non-policy aspects of the Program as agreed upon in a Memorandum of Agreement; and 2. on an exclusive basis sell, deliver and service computer units granted to the borrowers; C. THE INSURANCE COMPANY - The private company engaged by the CCAP to handle the group life insurance shall: 1. provide the CCAP the forms for the initial coverage and claims; 2. send initial and renewal certificates to applicants concerned copy furnished the CCAP; 3. settle insurance claims of all members in the most expeditious way; and 4. render necessary reports. D. THE CASHIER FMBO (SC); FMO (OCA); FINANCE DIVISION, CA; FINANCE DIVISION, SB; FINANCE DIVISION, CTA shall: 1. deduct from the salary of the justice, judge or lawyer-borrowers the required monthly instalment due to include insurance premium; and 2. in case of resignation, separation, retirement or discharge, the remaining amortizations shall all become due and demandable. The same shall be paid in cash by the justice, judge or lawyer-borrower. Should the justice, judge or lawyer-borrower fail to pay in cash, the amount due and demandable shall be taken from any monetary benefits, retirement gratuities or terminal leave benefits that may accrue to them in the course of their employment. No clearance shall be issued until after the obligation is settled. E. THE JUSTICE, JUDGE OR LAWYER-BORROWER shall: 1. secure a life insurance with the insurance company duly accredited by the CCAP with a mortgage redemption clause in favor of the Supreme Court; 2. pay his obligation within the stipulated period; 3. use the computer in accordance with the objective of the program; 4. not to transfer, assign or encumber the computer without the approval of CCAP or until full payment of the loan has been made; 5. immediately report to CCAP in case of transfer, resignation, separation, retirement, discharge or dismissal from the service; and 6. secure a clearance from CCAP in case of resignation, transfer, separation, retirement, discharge or dismissal from the service. VII . FILING AND PROCESSING OF A PPL ICATIONS/DELIVERY AND PAYMENT A. Filing and Processing of Applications Application forms together with all necessary documents (insurance application, promissory note and request for salary deduction) will be made available at the Property Division, Office of the Court Administrator. The qualified justice, judge or court attorney desiring to acquire a computer under the program shall fill out the application form (CCAP Form 1-A). All duly accomplished application form and its enclosures shall be submitted to the Property Division, Office of the Court Administrator for processing and approval. Upon the approval of the loan, a Delivery Order will be forwarded to the concerned computer company for issuance of the computer unit. The borrower shall shoulder the cost of delivery or freightage, if any, as well as other incidental expenses. The said borrower shall also be responsible for the costs of maintenance and repair of the computer , if the same is not covered by or beyond the period of the warranty. B. Payment The justice, judge or lawyer-borrower shall pay in cash the following: 1. Downpayment (difference between the cost/price of the computer and the amount of loan); and 2. Premium for the 1 st year life insurance coverage. The computer company will forward the Invoice of the computer together with the Delivery Order and payment for the 1 st year insurance premium to the CCAP for payment of the computer issued to the justice, judge or lawyer-borrower. The loan shall be amortized over a period of three (3) years. For this purpose, the justice, judge or lawyer-borrower must render a service obligation in the Judiciary for three (3) years immediately after receipt of the computer during which period the instalments shall be deducted monthly from the applicant's monthly additional cost of living allowance from the JDF; and if it is insufficient, it shall be deducted from the monthly salary. Should the justice, judge or lawyer-borrower fail to render the required three-year service obligation through his own fault, negligence, unsatisfactory or poor performance or other causes within his control resulting in the non-payment of the full cost of the computer ; or should the justice, juge or lawyer-borrower resign, transfer to an agency or office, voluntarily retire, or be separated/removed from the service, the entire unpaid balance shall become due and demandable. VIII. INSURANCE CLAIM All insurance claims shall be forwarded to the CCAP and the following documents shall be attached to the claim: 1. Death certificate (photocopy) 2. Doctor's or Medical certificate 3. Certificate of claimant 4. If the spouse is the beneficiary, photocopy of the marriage contract. If the beneficiary is a minor, affidavit of legal guardianship. The CCAP will thereafter forward the claim together with the above requirements to the Insurance Company. Proceeds of the insurance will be first applied to the justice, judge or lawyer-borrower's outstanding loan balance and the excess amount will go to the beneficiaries. All insurance coverage shall cease upon full payment of the loan. IX. COMMITTEE A Committee for the Computer Acquisition Program for Justices, Judges of Trial Courts and Lawyers of the Supreme Court (CCAP) is created for the effective and efficient implementation of the Program. It is composed of the following: Chairperson - Hon. Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. Court Administrator Vice-Chairperson - Atty. Ma. Luisa D. Villarama Clerk of Court Members - Christopher O. Lock Deputy Court Administrator - Eden T. Candelaria Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief Administrative Officer Secretary - to be designated by the Chairperson after Consultation with the Vice-Chairperson and Members APPROVED this 8 th day of November 2005. (On official leave) HILARIO G. DAVIDE, JR. Chief Justice REYNATO S. PUNO Acting Chief Justice ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN Associate Justice LEONARDO A. QUISUMBING Associate Justice CONSUELO YNARES-SANTIAGO Associate Justice ANGELINA SANDOVAL-GUTIERREZ Associate Justice ANTONIO T. CARPIO Associate Justice MA. ALICIA AUSTRIA-MARTINEZ Associate Justice RENATO C. CORONA Associate Justice CONCHITA CARPIO MORALES Associate Justice ROMEO J. CALLEJO, SR. Associate Justice ADOLFO S. AZCUNA Associate Justice DANTE O. TINGA Associate Justice MINITA V. CHICO-NAZARIO Associate Justice CANCIO C. GARCIA Associate Justice
September 26, 2006

Links To Foreign Supreme Courts Are Now Available!

    Details: The Supreme Court E-Library contains links to websites of the highest courts of countries like Singapore, South Korea, United States of America and United Kingdom.
September 25, 2006

SC Launches E-Library For Law Schools

    Details: The Supreme Court opens the doors of its E-Library - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to law students of the Philippines. On 20 February 2006, at 3 p.m., the Court will launch the project E-Library for Law Students at the law library of Arellano University in Pasay City. The project allows law students to access the E-Library using Internet-connected computers in the libraries of participating law schools. The E-Library is a fully searchable web-based digital library containing decisions of the Supreme Court, laws passed by Congress, and other legal materials. Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, Justice Antonio T. Carpio, and Dean Mariano F. Magsalin, Jr. of the Philippine Association of Law Schools will lead in marking this milestone in Philippine legal education. Organized by the Program Management Office of the Court, the event will be aired live by webcast. The Supreme Court E-Library is the first fully searchable web-based digital library in the Philippines. The E-Library 's powerful search engine allows the user to type a word or phrase and within seconds, all SC decisions containing such word or phrase appear on the computer screen. Launched last 19 November 2004, the E-Library has helped judges prepare well-researched decisions in a speedy and timely manner. The Supreme Court, through the Committee on Computerization and Library, acknowledged the need to equip law students with the skill and information needed in the digital age. Addressing this concern, the Supreme Court has decided to extend the benefits of the E-Library to law students. Participating Law School libraries will receive one access code for every 100 law students. These students can only access the E-Library in their school's law libraries. The 8 Law Schools participating in the event include Arellano University in Pasay City, Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Aquinas University in Legaspi City, University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Mindanao State University in Marawi City, Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City and Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City. During the Manila Overseas Press Club Judiciary Night on 10 March 2000, Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban once said that Mount Olympus (referring to the Court) “has been invaded by microchips, modems and media, and the lives of gods have irreversibly been altered.” Indeed, the impact of information and communications technology is fundamental to the work of the judiciary.
September 08, 2006

SC releases new E-Library CDs

    Details: The Supreme Court has mailed to all trial courts updates to the E-Library CD version, covering decisions and laws up to June 30, 2006.
August 29, 2006

Library Is Now A Wireless Internet Hotspot

    Details: Just bring your laptop to the Supreme Court Library and you will be instantly connected to the Internet.
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