CIRCULAR NO. 12-99 February 25, 1999

TO: THE JUDGES OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURTS, METROPOLITAN TRIAL COURTS, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT IN CITIES, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURTS AND MUNICIPAL CIRCUIT TRIAL COURTS.

SUBJECT: GRANTING INCENTIVES TO JUDGES WHO ARE GIVEN ADDITIONAL DUTY OF HEARING AND DECIDING CASES OF OTHER BRANCHES OF THEIR COURTS OR OF OTHER COURTS OF THE SAME LEVEL.

For the information and guidance of all concerned, quoted hereunder is the resolution of the Court En Banc dated February 2, 1999 in A.M. No. 99-1-04-SC Re: Granting Incentives to Judges who are given Additional Duty of Hearing and Deciding Cases of other Branches of their Courts or of other Courts of the same Level.

Effective immediately, Judges of Regional Trial Courts (RTC), Metropolitan Trial Courts (MeTC), Municipal Trial Courts in Cities, Municipal Trial Courts (MTC) and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts (MCTC) who are given additional assignment of hearing and deciding cases of other branches of the RTC, MeTC or MTCC, or of other MTC or MCTC, as the case may be, shall be entitled to an additional expense allowance at the rate of Five Hundred (P500) a day for every day rendered in the other branch or branches but in one case to exceed Six Thousand Pesos (P6,000) a month, and chargeable against the regular appropriations for representation and travel allowances for such other branch or branches which are deemed savings in such item for the duration of the vacancy of such branch or branches.

In addition to the foregoing, such judges shall be given a monthly, hardship allowance of Five Hundred Pesos (P500) for every additional branch that is assigned to them, chargeable against the savings of the lower courts or the Judiciary Development Fund.

City of Manila, 2 February 1999.

February 25, 1999.

(Sgd.) ALFREDO L. BENIPAYO

Court Administrator

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