New investigation rules signed

New investigation rules signed

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday witnessed the signing of the Department of Justice-National Prosecution Service (DoJ-NPS) Rules on Criminal Investigation, a move he said would lead to a more robust and responsive legal system in the country.

"The 2024 DoJ-NPS Rules are transformative as they institutionalize the executive and inquisitorial nature of preliminary [investigations], bringing them in line with historical and legal precedents that reinforce the authority of the Department of Justice," Marcos said during the signing ceremony held in Malacañang.

"Through this, all prosecutors are now empowered to take the lead in criminal investigations, ensuring that there is proper and sufficient case build-up before filing in court," he added.

The new rules are seen to institutionalize the executive and inquisitorial nature of preliminary investigations in line with legal precedents and reinforce the DoJ's authority in this domain.

Further, the guidelines will enhance existing prosecutorial functions, empowering the DoJ to take a proactive role in the investigation of crimes and ensure efficient case build-ups, he added.

"Veering away from the procedures that were more rigid, the new procedure now allows the submission of additional documents, enabling a more comprehensive examination of the case," the Chief Executive said.

"The inquest proceedings also improved, providing a detailed process for handling warrantless arrests, including the filing of referral letters, submission of required evidence, provisional determination of arrest validity, and submission of lacking evidence. This ensures that the rights of the accused are protected, even in urgent situations," he added.

Moreover, he said that the use of the new preliminary investigation rules will further streamline e-filing procedures and virtual preliminary investigation hearings to reduce delays and increase accessibility, especially in remote areas.

Meanwhile, the President directed the DoJ, Philippine National Police (PNP), and other law enforcement agencies to step up their efforts to ensure the protection of the country's prosecutors.

"Our prosecutors are vital to the administration of justice. Given this role, we recognize the threats that you face in this line of duty. I direct the DoJ and the PNP to recommend ways to help ensure the safety and protection of our prosecutors," he said.

"To our prosecutors, you have your work cut out for you. You are not just gatekeepers but also the shepherds of the highest integrity, ethics, and impartiality in the administration of justice," he added.

  • https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/new-investigation-rules-signed/ar-BB1pKMUi?ocid=00000000

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