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In brief On 13 July 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued Department Circular No. 27 (“Circular No. 27”), which modifies the appeal process for rulings of prosecutors in the National Prosecution Service (NPS) and creates a Prosecution Integrity Board to monitor, audit, and assess prosecutor conduct in preliminary investigations and appeals. The department circular takes effect on 31 July 2022. In more detail Circular No. 27 modifies the appeal process (via a Petition for Review)…

In brief Recent developments The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Matter No. 19-10-20-SC or the 2020 Guidelines for the Conduct of Court-Annexed Mediation (CAM) and Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) in Civil Cases (“Revised Guidelines”), which took effect on 1 March 2021. Contents BackgroundHighlights of the Revised GuidelinesActions to consider Background The Revised Guidelines were issued in light of the amendments introduced by the 2019 Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, which took effect on 1 May…