The Supreme Court (SC) in Philippines has unveiled an Internet-based e-Payment system that will allow lawyers and litigants to pay various legal fees online and at the same time enable the judicial hierarchy to electronically assess and monitor payment transactions.
Simply called ePayment System, the innovation is the latest of the reforms undertaken by the tribunal as part of a massive computerization initiative it started under the term of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide. The system, developed in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines, features a “real-time and secured” payment process done via the Internet, allowing the transfer of funds from a Landbank account to the SC account. The application also allows clerks of court to assess payments by litigants when filing legal cases. With this in place, the status of assessment and payment transactions can be reviewed anytime, and daily or monthly reports of collected fees can be generated faster and more accurately.