Supreme Court Speaks on Emerging Justice Needs in the Digital Era

During the second day of the ASEAN Justice Innovation 2023 conference, Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Midas P. Marquez spoke on the emerging justice needs in the digital era as he emphasized that “people everywhere, not just in the ASEAN, need judiciaries and justice systems that can keep up with the times and utilize the best available digital resources to constantly improve judicial processes and ensure efficient delivery of justice.”


He expressed that the Supreme Court of the Philippines is “ever determined to carefully confront the (technological) challenges head-on, as we push for the full use of technology to keep the wheels of justice from grinding to a halt even amid the strictest lockdowns.”


Justice Marquez shared with the conference participants the Supreme Court’s program of judicial reform, the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027, which is “powered by an innovation agenda” and “designed to make justice more speedy, inexpensive and accessible.”


He also took the opportunity to push for the adoption of a model rule on videoconferencing within the ASEAN member-states to enable litigants, witnesses, and counsel who are in different ASEAN states to appear before courts in other jurisdictions, “minimizing the logistical and financial constraints involved in litigating disputes between persons located in different jurisdictions.”


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