The Supreme Court is set to test its online payment of all court fees for attorneys and litigants, as well as other fees such as authorizations, certifications and other court services.
The online payment, called Judiciary Electronic Payment Solution (JEPS), will be tested in 20 trial courts across the country based on a circular issued by court administrator Raul B. Villanueva.
The courts participating in the pilot trial are the Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC), Quezon City; MeTC City of Mandaluyong; MeTC, City of San Juan; Municipal Municipal Trial Court (MTCC) of Malolos Town, MTCC, Baguio City; MTCC, City of Angeles; MTCC, Cabuyao City; MTCC, Naga City;
MTCC, City of Vigan; MTCC, Ilagan City; MTCC, city of Puerto Prinsesa; MTCC, City of Bacolod; MTCC, Lapu-lapu City; MTCC, Dumaguete City; MTCC, City of Tacloban; MTCC, Zamboanga City; MTCC, Cagayan de Oro City; MTCC, City of Cotabato; MTCC, city of Dipolog; and MTCC, Davao City;
In a press release, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said that the clerks of the 20 pilot courts have been instructed “to adopt the JEPS Interim Implementation Guidelines which, among other things, designate the Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) system as an alternative method of payment for legal fees and other collections, in addition to the Fortune Pay online portal, until the latter is integrated with the system.
Court clerks “will post instructions on how to pay electronically using the UBP system on payment counters or notice boards in their respective courts, both in English and in the local dialect of the place where is the pilot court.
“The JEPS aims to make the assessment and payment of legal fees and other recoveries from the judiciary more convenient by providing litigants, their counsel/representatives, and persons seeking authorizations, certifications, and other court services the ability to pay online through major banks as a conduit,” the SC said.
He said: “The system is currently limited to Union Bank accounts (no convenience fees), bank transfers via instaPay and PESONet (both with convenience fees).”
He also stated that “the pilot test of the JEPS in the selected courts is an offshoot of the memorandum of understanding entered into by the Supreme Court and UBP on March 15, 2021 for the latter to develop an electronic payment solution for the judiciary. “.
The CS launched the Judiciary’s ePayment for Small Claims, the online payment of court fees for small claims cases, on July 23, 2021, after signing an agreement with Easypay Global EMI Corp. (EGEC), the owner of Fortune Pay which is a mobile wallet application that allows users to enjoy an easy, fast and secure digital payment method.
The SC said that “the JEPS, which is open to all banks and their account holders, is an application designed to provide the Supreme Court and all courts nationwide with the ability to receive fees and payments by digital channel of litigants, their lawyers and their representatives on a safe, secure, real-time basis and 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere at their convenience.
The JEPS “involves an automated tool that will enable authorized court personnel to process and manage payment-related activities quickly and efficiently, and aims to streamline the processes for assessing and paying court fees, increasing the accessibility of the access to judicial services, increase transparency and accountability, and provide the Supreme Court with effective accounting and auditing mechanisms.
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