Funding the Jury Systems
And Security Matters



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ARTICLE IX
FUNDING THE JURY SYSTEM,
SECURITY, AND RELATED MATTERS

Funding The Jury System

Section 1. Congress shall appropriate funds in such amount recommended by the Supreme Court for the operation of the jury system.

Section 2. Additional Funding for the Jury System-

(a) In addition to the appropriation of jury funds in the preceding Section 1 in this Article IX, an amount equal to one-half of the combined total budget for the discretionary or intelligence fund or any alias named fund of similar nature or any allowance of money for the president and the total of all pork barrel funds or alias named fund of similar nature or allowance of money for all members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress, also known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund, directly or indirectly by channeling the same through other public officials or private entity or person, shall be budgeted for the operation of the Jury Systems Law.

(b) Any allotment in the national general or special budget for an appropriation of funds for discretionary spending by members of Congress or the President beyond the amount of their regular salaries regardless of whatever name, title, or label attached to it in the law creating it, temporarily or permanently, shall be deemed as a pork barrel fund for lawmakers or as a secret presidential allowance.

(c) No such funds or moneys for the President or Members of Congress shall be released by the Treasurer of the Philippines unless the funds in the preceding section and in this section for the jury system shall have been similarly provided and simultaneously released to the jury funds in the judiciary. This allocation of funds shall take effect immediately upon approval of this jury law and a readjustment of the balance of the existing pork barrel funds and presidential allowance fund shall likewise be made in such a way that one-third of the total of such funds shall be channeled to the jury funds.

(d) The Treasurer of the Philippines shall be personally and criminally liable for malversation of public funds as defined in Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines upon investigation and indictment by a Grand Jury for failure to simultaneously release the money to the judiciary corresponding to the funds referred to in sub-paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this section at the time he shall have released the money earmarked for presidential allowances and congressional pork barrels to the members of congress.

Security Matters

Section 3. Paramount obligation of men in uniform to protect citizens on jury duty - Far above their duty to protect public officials, the police and military officers in the armed forces of the Philippines shall have the duty to provide safety preference and protection to every citizen who serves in the grand jury or in the trial jury from any physical injury or psychological harm or death from any imminent peril.

Section 4. Police and military commanding officers who have jurisdiction of command over the location of activity of a grand jury or trial jury shall have the mandatory personal obligation to comply with this provision of the Jury Systems Law. Violation of, or negligence in complying with, this rule shall subject a police or military officer for investigation and indictment by a grand jury for obstruction of justice.

Section 5. No person serving as a juror in the grand jury or trial jury shall be subject to a civil lawsuit for acts relating to his jury duties and no such person shall be subject to arrest or detention with or without cause, except for the commission of a grave offense, while reporting to and from his jury duty appearance in court or grand jury office. Any arresting officer including his instigator whether public official or not in violation of this rule shall be liable for indictment for obstruction of justice by the grand jury.

Transportation
For Jurors

Section 6. Transportation assistance from vehicle drivers and operators in keeping efficiency of justice and juror transportation entitlement -

(a) Any vehicle driver or operator shall share a citizenship burden in maintaining the efficiency of the justice system whose services shall be paid via the Form GJ-26 payment system. Upon serving a juror with summons for jury duty by the clerk of court or jury commissioner, he must include with the summons a Juror's Rider Transport Ticket, known as the Form TJ-131. The juror shall then present said ticket to the driver of the transport provider. The driver of the transport service provider shall take said ticket and he shall present the same to the clerk of court from whom it originated to ask for payment according to the terms of the ticket.

(b) Any vehicle driver or operator who shall unreasonably refuse to accept or ignore or delay the request of the juror for a ride in his vehicle shall be subject to indirect contempt of court with such punishment the presiding judge may impose upon complaint of the subject juror. If such driver or operator shall purposely delay, or deviate from the proper route, in delivering the juror to the general direction of his intended travel to the court, such driver or operator shall be liable for indictment for obstruction of justice by a grand jury.

(c) For the foregoing purpose, the clerk of court shall issue a transportation ticket of Form TJ-131 for his return trip home regardless of whether the juror has been seated in a jury trial or not. If the juror is seated to serve on a jury trial for the following day, the clerk of court shall provide him another rider's transport ticket to come to court the next day and also with the same ticket in going back home.

(d) A grand juror is likewise hereby entitled to a rider's transport ticket Form TJ-131 which he shall secure from, and issued by the Clerk of Court to, him. The rider transport provider shall then get paid via the use of Form GJ-26.

(e) No vehicle driver or operator shall announce by placard sign or in any other manner that he is providing a courtesy ride for jurors for security reasons.

Noon Time Meal for Jurors
of the Trial Jury

Section 7. Trial Jurors’ Noon Time Meal - Jurors whowho come to court in obedience to their summons for jury duty shall be entitled to have a noon time meal ticket on Form TJ-129 regardless of whether they are seated or in a case for jury trial.

Section 8. Responsibility of the Jury Commissioner or the Clerk of Court - It shall be the duty of the Jury Commissioner or the Clerk of Court, as the case may be, to enter into a contract with a food caterer to serve the meals for the jurors. A bidding shall be held for this purpose and the bidder with the lowest price shall be awarded with said contract. The eatery location of the food caterer shall not be more than five (5) minutes walking distance from the trial court.

Section 9. Food Ticket - The Clerk of Court of the trial court where the jury trial takes place shall be responsible of providing food ticket on Form TJ-129 to the jurors and signed by him with his Security Identity Name. The food ticket shall contain the Juror's Number. The name of the juror shall not be written in it. The food ticket shall further contain the name of the menu of the food and the agreed cost of the meal. The food ticket shall be serially pre-numbered perpetually and prefixed with the year in which it is issued to the juror. Upon being served with the food, the juror shall sign with his initials at the bottom of the food ticket.

Section 10. Food Ticket Payment Redemption - The food provider shall be entitled to the payment of its services via the use of the Unconditional Non-Transferable Redeemable Judicial Voucher, otherwise known as the Form GJ-26. As soon as the food provider has accumulated a number of food tickets with an aggregate value of at least fifty thousand pesos, or more, he shall then present the said food tickets to the clerk of court from whom the food tickets originated in exchange for Form GJ-26 from the clerk of court. The food service provider shall, in turn, present said Form GJ-26 to any government treasurer or a to any bank for cashing.

Noon Time Meal for the
Members of the Grand Jury

Section 11. Noon Time Meal For the Members of the Grand Jury - The members of the grand jury shall likewise be entitled to noon time meal at government expense and shall be paid out of the jury funds under this Article..

Section 12. It shall be the duty of the Clerk of Court to enter into a contract with a food caterer to serve the meals for the grand jurors. A bidding shall be held for this purpose and the bidder with the lowest price shall be awarded with said contract.

Section 13. The grand jurors’ food shall be rationed and delivered to the Clerk of Court with the aid of his deputy who shall, in turn, forward the food to the secret grand jury investigating room. Each grand juror shall sign with his grand juror’s Security ID Code Number (SIDN).

Section 14. Form TJ-129 shall similarly be used for the food ticket for the members of the Grand Jury which shall be paid via the Form GJ-26.

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