The Supreme Court (SC) will test its online payment of all legal fees for attorneys and litigants, as well as other fees such as those for authorizations, certifications and other court services.
Dubbed the “Judicial Electronic Payment Solution”, the online payment will be tested in 20 trial courts across the country based on a circular issued by the Office of the Judicial Administrator.
In a statement released by the SC Public Information Office, court administrator Raul Villanueva said the clerks of the 20 pilot courts have been tasked “to adopt the JEPS Interim Implementation Guidelines which, between Others designate the Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) as an alternative method of payment for court fees and other collections, in addition to the Fortune Pay online portal, until the latter is integrated into the system.
Participating courts during the pilot test include the Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC), Quezon City; MeTC City of Mandaluyong; MeTC, City of San Juan; Municipal Court of First Instance in Cities (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.
Registrars 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 the court is located. 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.