AN ACT EXPANDING THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION NINE OF BATAS AMBANSA BLG. 129, AS AMENDED,
KNOWN AS THE JUDICIARY REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1980
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
Section 1. Sec. 9 of Batas Pambansa BIg. 129, as amended, known as the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980, is hereby further amended to read as follows:cralaw
"(2) Exclusive original jurisdiction over actions for annulment of judgments of Regional Trial Courts; and
"(3) Exclusive appellate jurisdiction over all final judgments, decisions, resolutions, orders or awards of the Regional Trial Courts and quasi-judicial agencies, instrumentalities, boards or commissions, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Social Security Commission, the Employees'Compensation Commission and the Civil Service Commission, except those falling within the appelate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in accordance with the Constitution, the Labor Code of the Philippines under Presidential Decree No. 442, as amended, the provisions of this Act, and of subparagraph (1) of the third paragraph and subparagraph (4) of the fourth paragraph of Section 17 of the Judiciary Act of 1948.
"The Court of Appeals shall have the power to try cases and conduct hearings, receive evidence and perform any and all acts necessary to resolve factual issues raised in cases falling within its original and appellate jurisdiction, including the power to grant and conduct new trials or further proceedings. Trials or hearings in the Court of Appeals must be continuous and must be completed within three (3) months unless extended by the Chief Justice."
Sec. 2. All provisions of laws and rules inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or amended accordingly.
Sec. 3. This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.
(SGD.) EDGARDO J. ANGARA
(SGD.) JOSE DE VENECIA, JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
(SGD.) EDGARDO E. TUMANGAN
Secretary of the Senate
(SGD.) CAMILO L. SABIO
Approved: February 23, 1995
(SGD.) FIDEL V. RAMOS
President ofthe Philippines
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