RULES OF COURT THE SUPREME COURT OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, THE COURTS OF FIRST INSTANCE, AND RULES FOR THE EXAMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW
(October 02, 1918)
1. The seal of this court shall be of the usual size, and shall bear, running from left to right, on the outside edge, the words “Supreme Court of the Philippine Islands” and in the center the design of an eagle similar to that contained in the seal of the Supreme Court of the United States.
2. The clerk of this court shall keep his office at Manila. All papers authorized or required to be filed in said office shall be filed at Manila. The clerk shall mark on all papers the day and hour when they were filed.3. In addition to the books which the clerk is now, by law, required to keep, he shall keep a judgment book, in which shall be recorded at length all the final judgments rendered by the court.4. The Attorney-General and attorneys de officio shall be permitted to withdraw the record of any case during the period allowed for the preparation of briefs. No other records shall be taken from the clerk’s office without an order of the court, except as provided in the rule relating to the printing of the record.5. The clerk shall have power to administer oaths in all actions or proceedings pending in the court, and in all other cases where it may be necessary in the exercise of the powers of the court, except those cases in which the law requires the oath to be administered by a Judge.6. All unprinted documents presented to the Supreme Court of the Philippine Islands shall be written on paper of good quality twelve and three-eight inches in length by eight and one-half inches in width, leaving a margin at the top and at the left-hand side not less than one inch and one-half in width. Papel Catalan of the first and second classes, legal cap, and typewriting paper of such weight as not to permit the writing of more than one original and two carbons at one time, will be accepted, provided that such paper is of the required size and of good quality. Documents written with ink shall not be of more than twenty-five lines to one page. Typewritten documents shall be written double-spaced. One side only of the page will be written upon, and the different sheets will be sewn together, firmly, by five stitches in the left-hand border in order to facilitate the formation of the expediente, and they must not be doubled. The first page will bear the heading prescribed by Form 1 of section 784 of the Code of Civil Procedure.7. All papers required by these rules to be printed shall be printed with black ink on unglazed paper, with pages six inches in width by nine inches in length, in pamphlet form. The type used shall not be smaller than ten points. The paper used shall be of sufficient weight to prevent the printing upon one side from being visible upon the other.
8. All documents presented to this court must bear the postal address of the attorney or party by whom they are signed. All attorneys representing litigants in any civil or criminal case pending before this court shall leave their postal address in the clerk’s office. All notifications to attorneys or to parties who appear in person required to be made by the clerk shall be sent by mail to the residences of said attorneys or parties. In case the residence or office of the attorney or party shall be unknown, the clerk will mail the same to the best of his ability and in conformity with such data as he may then have at hand concerning the residence of said attorney or party. Attorneys and parties have no right to any other notice than that required by this rule.
9. In all actions, special proceedings, and criminal cases removed to this court, the party bringing the case here shall be called the “appellant” and the adverse party the “appellee,” but the title of the case shall remain as it was below in all actions or criminal cases. The full names of all the parties to the proceeding shall be stated in the caption of the bill of exceptions or record on appeal.
15. Upon the receipt of a bill of exceptions or record on appeal the clerk shall make an estimate of the expense of printing thirty copies of the same, exclusive of the evidence, and shall notify the appellant thereof. The appellant shall pay the clerk the estimated cost of the printing within ten days from the expiration of the period prescribed by Rule 13 after the date of the receipt of the notice. (As amended, September 5, 1919.)
16. If the appellant shall fail to pay the estimated cost of printing, in accordance with the preceding rule, the court may, on motion of the appellee and notice to the appellant, or upon its own motion, declare the bill of exceptions or the appeal abandoned. (As amended, September 5,191)17. Upon payment by their party of the said estimated expense the clerk shall at once cause to be printed for the use of the court and counsel thirty copies of the bill of exceptions or of the record on appeal. The clerk shall send to the printer the bill of exceptions transmitted from the court below or the transmitted record on appeal in special proceedings, and shall see that same is returned by the printer. The clerk shall supervise the printing and read the proof.18. Upon receipt of said printed copies the clerk shall at once send by registered mail or otherwise deliver to each of the lawyers in the case five copies thereof.
19. Prefixed to the brief of the appellant, but stated separately, shall be an assignment of the errors intended to be urged. The specifications of error shall be separately, distinctly, and concisely stated without repetition, and shall be numbered consecutively. All briefs shall be printed and shall exhibit an abstract of the argument on the points of law or fact to be discussed, with reference to the pages of the record and the authorities relied upon in support of each point. The authorities relied upon shall be cited by the page of the report at which the case begins and the page of the report on which the citation is found. The brief of the appellant shall also contain a concise statement of the facts in the case.20. No error not affecting the jurisdiction over the subject matter will be considered unless stated in the assignment of errors and relied upon in the brief.21. Within thirty days from the receipt of the printed record on appeal or bill of exceptions the appellant shall serve upon the appellee three printed copies of his brief and of his assignment of errors and file thirty copies thereof with the clerk.22. Within thirty days of the receipt of the brief of the appellant, the appellee shall serve on the appellant three printed copies of his brief and file thirty copies thereof with the clerk.23. Motions for extension of time for the filing of briefs must be presented before the expiration of the time mentioned in rules 21 and 22, or within a time fixed by special order of the court. No such extension will be allowed except on notice to the opposite party in accordance with rule 13, and for good and sufficient cause shown. Extensions may also be granted upon stipulation of counsel, within reasonable limits.24. (a) If the appellant, in any civil case, fails to serve his brief within the time prescribed by these rules the court may, on motion of the appallee and notice to the appellant, or on its own motion, dismiss the bill of exceptions or the appeal. (b) It shall be the duty of the clerk of the trial court upon the presentation of a notice of appeal in a criminal case, to ascertain from the appellant if he desires this court to appoint an attorney to defend him de oficio, and to transmit with the record, upon a form to be prepared by the clerk of this court, a certificate of compliance with this duty and of the response of the appellant to his inquiry. If it appears from the certificate that the accused desires to be defended de oficio the clerk of this court will designate a member of the bar to defend him, such designations to be made by strict rotation, unless otherwise directed by order of the court. If no attorney de oficio is appointed pursuant to this rule the appeal will be dismissed upon motion of the Attorney-General, if no brief is filed on behalf of the appellant within the time prescribed by these rules.
25. Whenever it is suggested on the record of this court in a pending case, before the same is finally submitted, that a party to the cause is dead, the court shall order upon proper notice, the personal representative of the deceased to appear and to be substituted for the deceased, within a period of sixty days, or within such time as may be granted. If such representative fails to appear within said time, the court may order the opposing party (whether he be appellant or appellee) to procure the appointment of a personal representative of the deceased, within a time specified by the court, which personal representative shall immediately appear for and on behalf of the interests of the deceased. The court charges involved in procuring such appointment, if defrayed by the opposing party, may be recovered as costs. The court may, when the interests of the parties can best be conserved thereby, appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the minor heirs of the deceased, or permit his heirs to intervene, without requiring the appointment of an executor or administrator.
29. All matters submitted to the court for its consideration and adjudication will be deemed to be submitted for consideration and adjudication by any and all of the justices who are members of the court at the time when such matters are taken up for consideration and adjudication, whether such justices were or were not members of the court and whether they were or were not present at the date of submission: Provided, That only those members present when any matter is submitted on oral argument will take part in its consideration and adjudication, if the parties, or either of them, express a desire to that effect in writing filed with the clerk at the date of submission.
30. In any civil case, on appeal, wherein it does not affirmatively appear from the judgment entered in the court below that the amount in controversy exceeds ten thousand pesos, and in any civil case submitted to this court in the exercise of its original jurisdiction, it will be assumed, for the purpose of assigning such case to one of the divisions of the court, that the parties have agreed that the amount in controversy does not exceed ten thousand pesos, unless it is made to appear by written statement, filed with the record and supported by appropriate affidavits, that the amount in controversy exceeds ten thousand pesos; such written statement to be filed at or before the date of submission for final disposition.
31. Each party shall be entitled to one hour and no more for oral argument. upon bills of exceptions, appeals in special proceedings and in criminal cases, unless the case is one which may be disposed of by a division, in which event oral argument shall be limited to not more than half an hour for each party; but the court may, by special order, enlarge this time in particular cases.
32. Whenever it is necessary or proper in the opinion of this court that original papers of any kind should be inspected in this court on appeal, it may make such order for the transmission, safe-keeping, and return of such original papers as may seem proper, and the court may receive and consider such original papers in connection with the record.
36. Whenever the appellant fails to pay the estimated cost of printing within the time prescribed by rule 13 or fails to file his brief within the time prescribed by rule 21 or such enlargement as may have been granted pursuant to rule 23, and the appellee moves to dismiss the appeal upon that ground, he shall be allowed twenty pesos, recoverable from the appellant, whether the motion be granted or denied, unless the court shall otherwise provide in its ruling upon the motion. If such sum is not paid, upon notice of the ruling, within the period prescribed by rule 13, the clerk of this court, upon the written petition of the counsel for the appellee, supported by his affidavit that such payment has not been made, shall issue execution therefor against the appellant, addressed to the sheriff of the court in which the case was tried below. The payment may be made directly to the attorney of the appellee or to the clerk of this court. (As amended, September 5, 1919.)
37. Costs shall be taxed by the clerk on five days’ written notice given by the prevailing party to the adverse party. With this notice shall be served a statement of the items of costs claimed by the prevailing part, verified by his oath or that of his attorney. Objections to the taxation shall be made in writing, specifying the items objected to. Either party may appeal to the court from the clerk’s taxation. The costs shall be inserted in the judgment if taxed before its entry, and payment thereof shall be enforced by the lower court. If taxed after the entry of the judgment payment of the costs shall be enforced by execution issued by the clerk of this court, addressed to the sheriff of the court below.
38. When the record in this court contains any unnecessary, irrelevant, or immaterial matter, the party at whose instance the same was inserted or at whose instance the same was printed, shall not be allowed as costs any disbursement for preparing, certifying, or printing such unnecessary matter.
39. Upon remanding the case the clerk shall transmit to the court below a certified copy of the judgment.
40. When the original jurisdiction of this court is invoked in cases of certiorari, mandamus, prohibition, and quo warranto the same procedure shall be followed, with respect to the service of process and notices and the filing of pleadings as is prescribed by the Code of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Court for actions in which the Courts of First Instance have original jurisdiction.
41. In original proceedings in habeas corpus in this court in criminal cases the officer shall serve a copy of the writ and petition on the Attorney-General at the time he serves the writ on the respondent, and for this purpose the petitioner shall file with his petition two copies thereof.