Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 21 July 2020
In a meeting with President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, the President of the Court of Appeal, Deolindo dos Santos, said he believes that the inauguration of court clerks will help expedite court proceedings.
Since the restoration of independence and until yesterday, when they took office, court clerks had been serving in an interim capacity, as they did not meet the requirements provided in the statutes. With this inauguration, judges will now have the support of the clerk of court’s offices, which play an important role in procedural management.
Before taking office, the court clerks attended various training courses to meet the requirements provided in the statutes.
Still at the meeting with the Head of State, the president of the Court of Appeal said that the mobile courts are back in operation, following a break caused by the state of emergency.
The Baucau court ruled on 50 cases in Viqueque and the Suai court on more than half of the 50 cases lodged.
Since the provisional twelfths system is still in place, it is not yet possible to make full use of the mobile courts’ capacity.
The court holidays will run from 1 August to 15 September, but many judges have chosen to continue working on cases that were lodged after the three months of a state of emergency.
During the court holiday period, courts will continue to hold trials, first hearings, inquiries, and summary proceedings. The judges will work in shifts to respond to the cases lodged. Only trials that are urgent in nature or in which there is a risk of loss of evidence will be held.