CIRCULAR NO. 1-2000
17 February 2000, the Chief Justice issued Administrative
Circular No. 1-2000 directing all trial judges to faithfully
or implement the last paragraph of Article
29 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and enjoining them
Conduct an accurate inventory of all criminal cases in their courts,
therein for each case: (a) the crime charged; (b) the possible maximum
imprisonment; (c) the dates of the filing of the information or
(d) whether the accused is bonded or detained; (e) if accused is
the place of detention and the date when the detention has commenced;
the date of the arraignment; and (g) the current status of the
Direct the wardens of jails or detention centers where the accused in
aforementioned cases are detained to submit status reports indicating
(1) whether the accused is serving his sentence or under preventive
(2) if accused is serving his sentence, the title of the case, the date
of the promulgation of judgment and the date when he has started to
his sentence; and (3) if merely under preventive imprisonment, the
of the case, the crime for which he is being detained, and the date of
his commitment for preventive imprisonment; and
Order the release from detention of any accused who is already entitled
to such release under the last paragraph of Article
29 of the Revised Penal Code, or who has already served his
as the case may be, unless the release is unwarranted by reason of any
lawful ground or cause.
required inventory should have been submitted to the Office of the
Justice not later than 15 April 2000.
only very few judges have complied with the Circular.
Some of them were able to do so only after obtaining extensions of time
within which to submit the inventory.
Judges who failed and continue to fail to comply with Administrative
Circular No. 1-2000 are hereby given until 30 November 2000 within
which to do so.
to comply with this directive may constitute a ground for disciplinary
Court Administrator, in coordination with the Deputy Court
and Assistant Court Administrators who are assigned to the different
Regions, shall strictly implement this Administrative Circular which
take effect upon its issuance. They should report to the Office of the
Chief Justice that this Administrative Circular has been disseminated
all the Judges not later than 25 October 2000.
this 13th day of October, 2000.