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‘di matambakan ang korte: QC wants special courts to handle violations of locals ordinances

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The Quezon City council has passed a resolution urging the Supreme Court to designate a special tribunal for handling cases of violation of local ordinances to declog municipal and regional trial courts.

Councilors Gian Sotto and Godofredo Liban II said in City Resolution 7601-2018 that the slow pace of resolution of violations of local ordinances have led to longer imprisonment of suspects.

“Inordinate delay in the resolution of cases involving infraction of city or municipal ordinances causes the clogging of detention cells, vulnerability of inmates to illnesses, and injustices for languishing in jail more than the penalty to be imposed on them,” the resolution reads.

Republic Act No. 7160, also known as the Local Government Code, provides that cities and municipalities may impose minimal fine and a shorter period of imprisonment on violation of local ordinances.

A person who violates a municipal ordinance may be fined up to P2,500 or imprisoned of up to six months while those who break a city ordinance may be fined up to P5,000 pesos or jailed up to a year.