On September 4, 2012, the Supreme Court En Banc approved the Judicial Affidavit Rule in A.M. No. 12-8-8-SC and which took effect on January 1, 2013. The adoption of the Rule was recommended by the Supreme Court Committee on the Revision of the Rules of Court, headed by Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, and the Subcommittee on the Revision of the Rules on Civil Procedure, headed by Associate Justice Roberto A. Abad. The Rule was adopted to fully address case congestion and delays in courts, given the volume of cases filed each year and the slow and cumbersome trial process.
Upon the effectivity of the Rule, the Philippine Judicial Academy conducted on January 18 and 25, 2013, two lecture-forums on the New Judicial Affidavit Rule. The activities aimed to familiarize judges and stakeholders with the salient features of the Rule, and to open for discussion possible issues and concerns in its implementation to ensure the accomplishment of its main objective– the efficient, effective and expeditious disposition of cases.
Justice Abad discussed the salient points of the new Rule including: functions of judicial affidavits; how and when the affidavits are submitted; language to be used for the affidavits; contents of the affidavits; consequence of false attestation; and application of the rule to criminal actions. An open forum capping each activity gave the participants opportunity to raise questions on the new Rule.
One hundred fifty-three participants comprising judges, clerks of court, prosecutors, PAO lawyers, representatives from the IBP, and a law student from Region 1 attended the lecture-forum held on January 18; while 206 judges, clerks of court, prosecutors, PAO lawyers, and representatives from the IBP of Region 8 attended that held on January 25.