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Notes: 1. These PDF downloads are for your personal, non-commercial use only; you must not upload them to any website, the cloud, or file-sharing platform (for example, Scribd or DocShare); 2. Jump to newsletters on various topics on the Family Code of the Philippines and relevant topics; 3. Supreme Court materials on the new system known as “Face-to-Face Trial” A.M. No. 14-03-02-SC, March 8, 2014 that’s meant to speed up the resolution of cases (external link); 4. Revised Guidelines for Continuous Trial of Criminal Cases A.M. No. 15-06-10-SC (external link).

Supreme Court of the Philippines Information Wallsheets

Legal procedures in civil and criminal cases

The following posts have graphic links to PDFs that you can freely download and use for your own reference. You can print and distribute them to your classmates, friends, or colleagues. You must not, however, edit these materials or use them commercially; you must not upload them to any website, the cloud, or file-sharing platform (for example, Scribd or DocShare).

(Note: I designed these PDFs way back in 2003 and have not been able to revise them. Please check the Supreme Court website for any change in the legal procedures.)

The use of graphics or cartoons to illustrate these PDF materials follows the theory of Jerry Lucas, renowned memory expert and one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time. He said that people tend to remember words, things or ideas better and faster when they are associated with funny, fantastic or outlandish images. Lucas wrote a book on how to memorize the Bible. The use of these graphics also lessens the intimidation felt by people (non-lawyers and non-law students) when studying legal topics.

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Free PDF newsletter on adultery, concubinage, marital infidelity and psychological violence under RA 9262


Issue no. 001 June 17, 2008 Can a husband and wife in a notarized document declare that they are free to marry other persons and that they will not file charges against each other?

Issue no. 002 June 31, 2008 Adultery, concubinage, psychological violence, and marital infidelity

Issue no. 003 July 16, 2008 If a husband and wife have not seen each other for more than seven years, is their marriage automatically void?

Issue no. 004 July 31, 2008 Financial support for abandoned woman and her children

Issue no. 005 August 15, 2008 What surname should illegitimate children use? Problems and issues with RA 9255 and its implementing guidelines

Issue no. 006 August 30, 2008 The right of a divorced Filipino spouse to remarry under Article 26 of the Family Code

Issue no. 007 September 15, 2008 SEC registration of local Baptist churches; corporation sole and religious society or aggregate

Issue no. 008 September 30, 2008 Visitation rights over illegitimate children

Issue no. 009 October 15, 2008 Due process in the termination of employment; employee must be given five days to answer charges against him

Issue no. 010 November 15, 2008 Property rights of foreigners married to Filipino citizens; Can foreign citizens own lands or houses in the Philippines?

Issue no. 011 December 15, 2008 Primer on Republic Act No. 9439 Hospital Detention Law

Issue no. 012 January 15, 2009 Procedures in domestic and inter-country adoption; simulation of birth is illegal

Issue no. 013 February 15, 2009 Can a mother be deprived of custody of her child? What determines the fitness of a parent in custody battles over children?

Issue no. 014 March 15, 2009 Miss, Ms. or Mrs? Philippine law on surnames for married women

Issue no. 015 April 30, 2009 How to compute the legitime (share in the inheritance) of illegitimate children

Issue no. 016 May 31, 2009 Philippine law on household helpers

Issue no. 017 June 30, 2009 RA 9485 Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007

Issue no. 018 July 31, 2009 Void marriages

Issue no. 019 August 31, 2009 Voidable marriages

Issue no. 020 September 30, 2009 If a woman gets pregnant by a man not her husband, will the child be legitimate or illegitimate?

Issue no. 021 October 31, 2009 Can nephews and nieces inherit from grandparents, unmarried uncles or aunts?