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Case disposition rates in lower courts up in 2023 — SC

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The Supreme Court on Monday reported an increase in case disposition rates among first and second-level courts from 2021 to 2023.

The said rate refers to the total number of decided, resolved, and archived cases divided by the total number of pending and newly filed cases and then multiplied by 100.

Citing data from the Office of the Court Administrator, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo noted that first-level courts saw a case disposition rate of 61 percent in 2023, up from 53 percent in 2021 and 60 percent in 2022.

For second-level courts, the case disposition rate for 2023 is 42 percent, compared to 32 percent in 2021 and 39 percent in 2022.

Gesmundo expressed his gratitude during the recent 19th National Convention and Election of Officers of the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE), the umbrella association of first and second-level court employees in the Judiciary.

“You are the first point of contact between our institution and the people who come to us in search of justice…Whatever your rank or position may be, the work that you do, day in and day out, is the best reflection of the kind of justice that we dispense, and of the quality of service that we provide,” the Chief Justice addressed Judiciary frontliners in his keynote speech.

Gesmundo also thanked the court employees for serving as partners in the Court’s pursuit of reform through the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 (SPJI), including in the ongoing nationwide caravan for the Pilot Implementation of the Office of the Regional Court Manager, one of the Court’s modernization projects under the Office of the Court Administrator.

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