Supreme Court orders lawyers, courts to use less paper

The Supreme Court has released an order requiring all courts and all lawyers to cut down on the use of paper in legal pleadings and decisions to help protect the environment.

The Supreme Court has released an order requiring all courts and all lawyers to cut down on the use of paper in legal pleadings and decisions to help protect the environment.

 

Edu Punay of the Philippine Star reports the SC has issued its Efficient Use of Paper Rule. According to the report, "all pleadings, motions, and similar papers intended for the consideration of all courts and quasi-judicial bodies under the supervision of the SC written in single space with a one-and-a-half space between paragraphs, using an easily readable font of the party's choice in 14-point size, and on a 13-inch by 8.5-inch white bond paper."

 

Aside from limiting the use of paper, the Supreme Court has also ordered parties in cases to submit electronic copies of their pleadings and documents either by e-mail or on a compact disc.

 

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