JUDGES OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURTS, METROPOLITAN TRIAL COURTS,
TRIAL COURTS IN CITIES, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURTS AND MUNICIPAL CIRCUIT
EXPANDED AUTHORITY OF PAIRING COURTS
In the interest of
efficient administration of justice, the authority of the pairing judge
under Circular No. 7 dated September 23, 1974, [Pairing System for
Sala Stations] to act on incidental or interlocutory matters and those
urgent matters requiring immediate action on cases pertaining to the
court, shall henceforth be expanded to include all other matters. Thus,
whenever a vacancy occurs by reason of resignation, dismissal,
retirement, death, or prolonged absence of the presiding judge in a
station, the judge of the paired court shall take cognizance of all the
cases thereat as acting judge therein until the appointment and
to duty of the regular judge or the designation of an acting presiding
judge or the return of the regular incumbent judge, or until further
from this Court.
For this purpose,
the provisions of Circular No. 7 dated September 23, 1974 inconsistent
with this Circular, are hereby amended.
February 18, 1998.