JUDGES AND CLERKS OF COURT OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURTS, METROPOLITAN
COURTS, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURTS IN CITIES, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURTS AND
CIRCUIT TRIAL COURTS
OBSERVANCE OF THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGES AND THE
AMOUNTS OF FEES FOR THE SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES.
shall be observed by all judges in the exercise of their authority to
marriages as defined by Article 7 of the Family Code of the
the marriage, the judge should (a) see to the presence and concurrence
of the essential requirements of marriage prescribed by Article 2 of
Family Code, as amended; and (b) ensure compliance with Sections (2)
(3) of Article 3 of the same Code on the formal requisites of
with the provisions of Articles 7 and 8, the marriage shall be
"within the court's jurisdiction" and "publicly in the chambers of the
judge or in open court xxx and not elsewhere,
in cases of marriages contracted at the point of death or in remote
in accordance with Article 29 [of the Family Code, as amended], or
both of the parties request the solemnizing officer in writing, in
case, the marriage may be solemnized at a house or place designated by
them in a sworn statement to that effect."
of the marriage ceremony, including the issuance of the certificate of
marriage, only the following legal fees in the amounts prescribed
Administrative Circular No. 31-90 dated 15 October 1990 shall be
pesos [P200.00] - for marriages solemnized by Justices of the Court of
[P100.00] - for marriages solemnized by Judges of Regional Trial
- for marriages solemnized by Judges of the Metropolitan Trial Courts,
Municipal Trial Courts in Cities, Municipal Trial Courts and Municipal
Circuit Trial Courts.
of other fees not mentioned by Administrtive Circular No. 31-90, Series
of 1990, or the collection of the legal fees in any currency other than
the Philippine peso shall not be allowed and shall be dealt with
All Executive Judges
are hereby directed to post copies of this Circular in conspicuous
in their respective courts. They are also enjoined to immediately
to the Court Administrator any violation of the provision hereof.
For strict compliance.