Here's What Else We Wish the Supreme Court App Could Do

( Look, we know the Supreme Court is one of the oldest and most respected entities in our government, but that doesn't mean they don't know a thing or two about keeping up with millennials. The country's top judicial body recently left us in the dust with the launch of their own mobile app on July 19. The app currently has four features:  the Judiciary Memorabilia Hall, a Court Locator, a Supreme Court Directory, and a Lawyer's List.

Screenshot of the app's main menu.
PHOTO BY Supreme Court of the Philippines Mobile App

Fair warning: just opening the app is an experience,  as it automatically plays the Supreme Court Hymn (make sure your phone's on silent unless, you know, you're into that). Inside are some cool tidbits on the Supreme Court's history which you can access through the Judiciary Memorabilia Hall. Plus, some practical info on location, contact details, and most importantly, an official list of lawyers—in case you want to check if your attorney really did pass the Bar. 

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The app is currently available on Android, but they say there will be a version for Apple users, too. Now, while we thank the Supreme Court for schooling us on how to keep up with the times, here are some other things we wish they included in the app:

  • Up-to-date info on which lawyers have been disbarred—although the Court is already thinking about doing this, according to Manila Bulletin.
  • Schedule of cases to be heard at the Supreme Court. We want to join in on the fun, too! Disclaimer: in an orderly manner, in an orderly manner of course.
  • Updates on ongoing, potentially historical cases.
  • If we're getting updates, then we could definitely use copies of final decisions, too, for recent cases.
  • A library of old, but still very relevant cases would be an important addition. 
  • A Frequently Asked Questions tab for those who need a quick refresher or schooling on what the Court is all about (i.e. students, foreigners)
  • A quick guide on what issues or cases a citizen could bring to the Supreme Court.
  • A space in the app for feedback or inquiries that would go directly to the concerned department.
  • A live chat for urgent cases, which we realize is not entirely plausible but hey, we can dream, right?
  • More access to the app's Judiciary Memorabilia Hall. Some tabs, like the profiles of incumbent Justices, can only be accessed by scanning a QR code at the Supreme Court's Old Building in Manila. Not everybody lives in Manila!

Main image from Mike Gonzales - Wikimedia.

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