MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) announced that the Antipolo City Metropolitan Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 1 will be physically closed starting Wednesday.

In an advisory, the SC Public Information Office (SC PIO) said the court was closed effective Wednesday noon for sanitation and disinfection, adding that the court “may be reached through their official hotlines and email addresses”.

On Tuesday, the SC’s court lockdown bulletin enumerated the latest 21 courts, including 16 regional trial court (RTC) branches, three metropolitan trial court branches (MTC), and two MTCCs in Luzon placed under lockdown this month.

These are RTC Br. 55 (Lucena City, Quezon province) which is on lockdown from January 5 to 18.

Also in lockdown are RTC Br. 170 and RTC Br. 7 Family Court (both in Laguna) until January 19; RTC Br. 154 (Biñan), MTCC Br. 3 (Lipa City), and the MTC of Cainta, Rizal until January 20; RTC Br. 5 Family Court (San Jose del Monte) the Office of the Clerk of Court of Imus, the RTC Br. 3 Family Court of Tagaytay City, RTC Br. 98 (Antipolo), RTC Br. 59 (Lucena) and RTC Br. 7 Family Court (Palayan City) until January 21; RTC Br. 102 (Malolos City, RTC Br. 88 (Baloc, Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija), RTC Br. 167 (Lucena CIty), and the MCTC of Pozorrubio, Pangasinan until January 23 and the Office of the Clerk of Court of Sta. Cruz, Laguna, the MTC of Abucay and RTC Br. 133 of Tagaytay City until January 23.

The high court on Monday announced the extension of deadlines for all court papers due in January following the surge in Covid-19 cases that have halted or paralyzed operations in several institutions.

The SC is also implementing reduced on-site work capacity starting this week.

Only one-third of SC's workforce will physically report on Mondays and Tuesdays, another third on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the remaining third on Fridays and Saturdays. (PNA)