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Summary of Jurisdiction of Philippine Courts



1. ORIGINAL jurisdiction over cases involving ambassadors, other public
ministers and consuls; petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo
warranto and habeas corpus(concurrent with RTC).
2. Review, revise, reverse, modify, or affirm on appeal or certiorari, final
judgments of lower courts in:

Cases in which the constitutionality or validity of any treaty, international or executive
agreement, law, decree, proclamation, order, instruction, ordinance or regulation is in

Cases involving the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, or toll, or any penalty
imposed thereto;
Cases involving the jurisdiction of lower courts;

All criminal cases in which the penalty imposed is reclusion perpetua or higher;

All cases in which only an error or question of law is involved.


1. ORIGINAL jurisdiction to issue writs of mandamus, prohibition, certiorari, habeas
corpus, and quo warranto, and auxiliary writs or processes, whether or not in aid of its
appellate jurisdiction (concurrent with SC and RTCs)

2. EXCLUSIVE original jurisdiction over actions for annulment of judgments of RTCs.

3. EXCLUSIVE appellate jurisdiction over all final judgments, decisions, resolutions,
orders or awards of RTCs and quasi-judicial agencies, bodies, or commissions,

EXCEPT those which fall within the appellate jurisdiction of the SC, namely:
b. Commission on Audit;
c. Sandiganbayan.




Cases where the subject of the litigation is incapable of pecuniary estimation;

Involving the title to, or possession of, real property, or any interest therein,
where the assessed value of the property involved exceeds P20,000/
P50,000, EXCEPT actions for forcible entry and unlawful detainer;

All actions in admiralty and maritime jurisdiction where the demand or claim
exceeds P200,000/P400,000;

Probate proceedings, both testate and intestate, where the gross value of the
estate P200,000/P400,000;

In all actions involving the contract of marriage and marital relations;

In all cases not within the exclusive jurisdiction of any court, tribunal, person or
body exercising jurisdiction;

In all civil actions and special proceedings falling within the exclusive original
jurisdiction of a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and of the Court of Agrarian
Relations as now provided by law; and

In all other cases in which the demand, exclusive of interest, damages of
whatever kind, attorney's fees, litigation expenses, and costs or the value of the
property in controversy exceeds P200,000/P400,000;

All criminal cases not within the exclusive jurisdiction of any court, tribunal, or
body EXCEPTthose within the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan.

N.B. RTC has jurisdiction over criminal cases where the penalty imposable:

Exceeds 4 years 2 mos 1 day imprisonment, irrespective of fine

Exceeds fine of P4000, if only a fine is imposable

Manzano vs. Valera
Libel is punishable by prision correcional in its minimum and medium periods.
R.A. 7691 places jurisdiction over criminal cases where the penalty is 6 years or less
with the MTCs. However, Art. 360 of the RPC gives jurisdiction over libel cases to the
RTC. Special law (RPC) must prevail over general laws (RA 7691). Also, from the
provisions of R.A. 7691, there is no manifest intent to repeal or alter the jurisdiction in
libel cases.


* Issuance of writs of certiorari, prohibition,mandamus, quo warranto, habeas
corpus and injunction which may be enforced in any part of their respective regions
(concurrent with SC and CA).

* In actions affecting ambassadors and other public ministers and
consuls (concurrent with SC).

* Over offenses committed NOT in relation with public office with imprisonment
exceeding 6 years committed by public officers classified as salary grade 27 or higher

* Over election contests for municipal offices.


All cases decided by the lower courts (MTCs) in their respective territorial

NOTE: no trial de novo; case is decided on the basis of decision and supporting


Family Courts shall have exclusive original jurisdiction to hear and decide the
following cases:
Criminal cases where:

One or more of the accused is below eighteen (18) years of age but not less than nine
(9) years of age, OR

One or more of the victims is a minor at the time of the commission of the offense.

Provided, That if the minor is found guilty, the court shall promulgate sentence and
ascertain any civil liability which the accused may have incurred. The sentence,
however, shall be suspended without need of application pursuant to the "Child and
Youth Welfare Code";

Petitions for guardianship, custody of children, habeas corpus in relation to the latter;

Petitions for adoption of children and the revocation thereof;

Complaints [for]:
Annulment of marriage
Declaration of nullity of marriage
Those relating to marital status and property relations of:
Husband and wife OR
Those living together under different status and agreements, AND
Petitions for dissolution of conjugal partnership of gains;

Petitions for support and/or acknowledgment;

Summary judicial proceedings brought under the provisions of the "Family Code of the

Petitions for:
Declaration of status of children as
Dependent OR
Neglected children
Voluntary or involuntary commitment of children;
The suspension, termination, or restoration of parental authority and other cases
cognizable under "Child and Youth Welfare Code", Executive Order No. 56, (Series of
1986), and other related laws;

Petitions for the constitution of the family home;

Cases against minors cognizable under the Dangerous Drugs Act, as amended;
Violations of Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as the "Special Protection of
Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act," as amended by
Republic Act No. 7658; and

Cases of domestic violence against:
Acts of gender based violence that results, or are likely to result in physical, sexual or
psychological harm or suffering to women; and other forms of physical abuse such as
battering or threats and coercion which violate a woman's personhood, integrity and
freedom of movement; AND

Includes the commission of all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, violence,
and discrimination and all other conditions prejudicial to their development.

If an act constitutes a criminal offense, the accused shall be subject to criminal
proceedings and the corresponding penalties.

If any question involving any of the above matters should arise as an incident in any
case pending in the regular courts, said incident shall be determined in that court.

Decisions and orders of the court shall be appealed in the same manner and subject to
the same conditions as appeals from the ordinary Regional Trial Courts.




Civil actions and probate proceedings, testate and intestate, including the grant of
provisional remedies where the demand, exclusive of interest, damages, attorneys fees
and costs, does not exceed P100,000/200,000.

Exclusive original jurisdiction over cases of forcible entry and unlawful detainer; issue of
ownership resolved only to determine issue of possession.

After lapse of 1 year, MTC loses jurisdiction, and case becomes one for recovery of
possession de jure (accion publicicana), although MTC may still have jurisdiction if
value of property does not exceed P20,000/50,000.

Actions involving personal property valued at not more than P100,000/200,000.

Actions involving title or possession of real property where the assessed value does not
exceed P20,000/50,000.


* Violations of city or municipal ordinances.

* All offenses punishable with not more than 4 years 2 mos 1 day imprisonment,
irrespective of fine.

* All offenses punishable by only a fine of not more than P4,000.

* Offenses involving damage to property through criminal negligence.


Offense of failure to register or failure to vote.

Election contests for barangay offices.

B. DELEGATED JURISDICTION in cadastral and land registration cases covering:

1. Lots where there is no controversy or opposition; OR

2. Contested lots the value of which does not exceed P100,000.
decisions of the MTC in these cases are appealable to the CA

Summary Procedure

Cases Applicable


All cases of forcible entry and unlawful detainer irrespective of amount of damages
or unpaid rentals; without question of ownership; attorneys fees not exceeding P20,000
if quieting of ownership; resolved to determine question of possession.

Other civil cases EXCEPT probate proceedings, where the total amount of the
claim does not exceed P10,000, exclusive of interest and cost.


*Violation of traffic laws, rules, regulations

*Violation of rental laws

*Violations of city or municipality ordinances

*All other criminal cases where the penalty does not exceed 6 months or a fine of
P1000 or both, irrespective of other imposable penalties or of the amount of civil liability

*Damage to property through criminal negligence where the fine does not exceed

Prohibited pleadings and motions

* Motion to dismiss or quash EXCEPT for lack of jurisdiction over subject
matter or

* failure to comply with Katarungang Pambarangay (LGC) requirements

* Motion for bill of particulars

* Motions for new trial, reconsideration, re-opening

* Petition for relief from judgment

* Motion for extension of time to file pleadings, affidavits

* Memoranda

* Petition for certiorari, mandamus, and prohibition against any interlocutory
order issued by the court

* Motion to declare defendant in default

* Dilatory motion for postponement

* Reply

* Third-party complaints

* Motion for intervention


EXCLUSIVE jurisdiction over

* Unsound real estate business practices

* Claims involving refund and any other claims filed by subdivision lot or
condominium unit buyer against the project owner, developer, dealer, broker, or

* Cases involving specific performance of contractual and statutory obligations
filed by buyers of subdivision lots or condominium units against the owner, developer,
dealer, broker, or salesman

CODE OF 1991)

1. No complaint, petition, action or proceeding involving any matter within the authority of
the lupon shall be filed or instituted directly in court or any other government office for
adjudication, unless:

There has been a confrontation between the parties before the lupon chairman
or pangkat, AND

That no conciliation or settlement has been reached as certified by
the lupon/pangkat secretary as attested to by lupon chairman or pangkat chairman, or
unless such settlement has been repudiated by the parties thereto

2. Disputes subject to Conciliation Requirement: All disputes between parties actually
residing in the same city or municipality

HOWEVER, the court in which non-criminal cases not falling within the authority of the
Lupon may, at any time before trial, refer the case to the lupon for amicable settlement.


Where one party is the government, or any subdivision or instrumentality

Where one party is a public officer or employee, and the dispute relates to the
performance of his official functions;

Where the dispute involves real properties located in different cities and
municipalities, unless the parties thereto agree to submit their difference to amicable
settlement by an appropriate Lupon;

Any complaint by or against corporations, partnerships or juridical entities,
since only individuals shall be parties to Barangay conciliation proceedings either as
complainants or respondents (Sec. 1, Rule VI, Katarungang Pambarangay Rules);

Disputes involving parties who actually reside inbarangays of different cities or
municipalities, EXCEPT:

* Where such barangay units adjoin each other, AND

* The parties thereto agree to submit their differences to amicable settlement by an
appropriate Lupon;

Offenses for which the law prescribes a maximum penalty of imprisonment
exceeding one (1) year or a fine over five thousand pesos (P5,000.00);
Offenses where there is no private offended party;

Disputes where urgent legal action is necessary to prevent injustice from being
committed or further continued, specifically the following:

* Criminal cases where accused is under police custody or detention;

* Petitions for habeas corpus by a person illegally deprived of his rightful custody
over another or a person illegally deprived of his liberty or one acting in his behalf;

* Actions coupled with provisional remedies such as preliminary injunction,
attachment, delivery of personal property and support during the pendency of the
action; AND

* Actions which may be barred by the Statute of Limitations.

Any class of disputes which the President may determine in the interest of
justice or upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Justice;

Where the dispute arises from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law
(CARL) (Sections. 46 & 47, R.A. 6657);

Labor disputes or controversies arising from employer-employee relations
(Montoya vs. Escayo, et al., 171 SCRA 442; Art. 226, Labor Code, as amended, which
grants original and exclusive jurisdiction over conciliation and mediation of disputes,
grievances or problems to certain offices of the Department of Labor and Employment);

Actions to annul judgment upon a compromise, which may be filed directly in


Situation Venue
Parties reside in samebarangay That barangay
Parties reside in differentbarangays Barangay where respondent, or any of
the respondents, actually resides, at
the option of the complainant
Disputes involving real property or
interest therein
Barangay where property is situated
Disputes arising at the workplace
where the contending parties are
employed, or at the institution where
such parties are enrolled for study
Barangay where such workplace or
institution is located

Objections to venue shall be raised in the mediation proceedings before the punong
barangay; otherwise, they are deemed waived. Legal questions that might arise in
resolving such objections before the punong barangay are to be submitted to the
Secretary of the DOJ, whose ruling shall be binding.


Dismissal upon motion of defendants for failure to state cause of action or
prematurity; OR

Suspension of proceedings upon petition and referral of case motu proprio to
appropriatebarangay authority.


* Complainant pays appropriate filing fees, and shall complain, orally or in
writing, to the lupon chairman of the barangay;

* Lupon chairman shall make attempts at mediation; if he fails within 15 days
from date of first meeting, he shall set a date for the constitution of apangkat ng
tagapagsundo (3 members; chosen by the parties from the list of the members of the

* Pangkat shall have power to issue summons, and shall hear both parties and
their witnesses, and attempt to arrive at an amicable settlement. Within 15 days from
the day it convenes, it shall arrive at said settlement or resolution of the dispute.

During the 15-day period when the dispute is under mediation, the prescriptive periods
for offenses, and for causes of action shall be interrupted upon filing of the complaint
with the punong barangay. Said interruption shall not exceed 60 days from said filing.

In all proceedings, parties must appear in person without the assistance of counsel or
representatives,EXCEPT for minors and incompetents who may be assisted by their
next-of-kin who are not lawyers.

7. Amicable settlement shall have the force and effect of a final judgment upon the
expiration of 10 days from date of amicable settlement, unless:

a. It is repudiated, or

Repudiation must be done within 10 days, by filing a sworn statement with the
lupon chairman;

The grounds for repudiation are vitiation of consent by fraud, violence or intimidation;

Such repudiation is a sufficient basis for the issuance of a certification for filing a
complaint with the court.

b. A petition to nullify the settlement is filed in the proper city or municipal court

The settlement agreed upon does not have the force and effect of a final judgment when
the dispute is not within jurisdiction of the lupon but submitted to it. In this case, the
compromise agreed upon by the parties before the lupon/pangkat chair shall be
submitted to the court and upon approval thereof, shall have the force and effect of a
judgment of said court.


a. Within 6 months from date of settlement: by the lupon.

b. Thereafter, by action in the appropriate city of municipal court

9. CERTIFICATION OF BARANGAY AUTHORITIES (for filing a complaint in court) shall be issued
only upon complying with the following requirements:

Issued by lupon secretary and attested by luponchairman/ punong barangay,
that confrontation took place and conciliation settlement was reached, but subsequently

Issued by pangkat secretary and attested bypangkat chairman, that:

There was a confrontation but no settlement; OR

There was no personal confrontation without any fault on the part of the

Issued by the Punong Barangay, as requested by the proper party, on the
ground of failure of settlement, where the dispute involves members of the same
indigenous cultural community, which shall be settled in accordance with the customs
and traditions of that particular cultural community, or where one or more of the parties
to the aforesaid dispute belong to the minority and the parties mutually agreed to submit
their dispute to the indigenous system of amicable settlement, and there has been no
settlement as certified by the datu or tribal leader or elder, to the Punong Barangay of
the place of settlement.

If mediation or conciliation proved unsuccessful before punong barangay there having
been no agreement reached to conciliate, OR respondent failed to appear before
punong barangay, Punong Barangay shall not issue the certification (because now
mandatory for him to constitute the Pangkatbefore whom mediation, conciliation, or
arbitration proceedings shall be held.)



Violations of:
Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act;

R.A. 1379 (An Act Declaring Forfeiture in Favor of the State of Any Property Found
to Have Been Unlawfully Acquired By Any Public Officer or Employee and Providing for
the Proceedings Therefor); or

Title VII, Chapter II, 2 of the RPC (i.e.,Articles 210-212 of RPC)

Where one or more of the accused are officials occupying the following positions in
the government, whether in a permanent, acting or interim capacity, at the time of the
commission of the offense:

* Officials of executive branch occupying positions classified as Grade 27 or
higher, specifically including:

* Provincial governors, vice-governors, members of the sangguniang panlalawigan and
provincial treasurers, assessors, engineers and other provincial department heads;

* City mayors, vice-mayors, members of the sangguniang panlungsod, city treasurers,
assessors, engineers and other city department heads;

* Officials of the diplomatic service occupying the position of consul and higher;

* Philippine army and air force colonels, naval captains, and all officers of higher rank;

* Officers of the Philippine National Police while occupying the position of provincial
director and those holding the rank of senior superintendent or higher;
* City and provincial prosecutors and their assistants, and officials and prosecutors in
the Office of the Ombudsman and special prosecutor;

* Presidents, directors or trustees, or managers of government-owned or controlled
corporations, state universities or educational institutions or foundations;

* Members of Congress and officials thereof classified as Grade 27 or higher

* Members of the Judiciary, without prejudice to the provisions of the
Constitution (on impeachment)

* Chairmen and members of the Constitutional Commissions, without prejudice
to the provisions of the Constitution

* All other national and local officials classified as Grade 27 or higher; or
Other offenses or felonies, committed by public officials and employees
mentioned in #1, in relation to their office, whether simple or complexed with other
Civil and criminal cases filed pursuant to and in connection with Executive
Order Nos. 1, 2, 14 and 14-A series of 1986.

Petitions for the issuance of the writs of mandamus,prohibition, certiorari, habeas
corpus, injunctions and other ancillary writs and processes in aid of its appellate
jurisdiction: provided, that the jurisdiction over these petitions shall not be exclusive of
the Supreme Court and over petitions of similar nature, including quo warranto, arising
or that may arise in cases failed or which may be filed under Executive Order Nos. 1, 2,
14 and 14-A (concurrent with SC)

If the last element, namely, in relation to his office is absent or is not alleged in the
information, the crime committed falls within the exclusive original jurisdiction of ordinary
courts and not the SB.

The offense is committed in relation to the office if the offense is intimately connected
with the office of the offender and perpetuated while he was in the performance of his
official functions, or when the crime cannot exist without the office, or the office is a
constituent element of the crime as defined in the statute.


If none of the principal accused are occupying positions of grade 27 or higher, original
jurisdiction will be with either the MTC or RTC; SB will exercise exclusive appellate
jurisdiction on said cases.

The procedure prescribed in BP Blg. 129, as well as the implementing rules that the
Supreme Court has promulgated and may hereafter promulgate, relative to
appeals/petitions for review to the Court of Appeals shall apply to appeals and petitions
for review filed with the Sandiganbayan.

* Private individuals charged as co-principals, accomplices or accessories
with the public officers or employees, including those employed in GOCCs, shall
be tried jointly with said public officers and employees in the proper courts which
shall exercise exclusive jurisdiction over them.

* Any provisions of law or Rules of Court to the contrary notwithstanding,
the criminal action and the corresponding civil action for the recovery of civil
liability arising from the offense charged shall at all times be simultaneously
instituted with, and jointly determined in, the same proceeding by the
Sandiganbayan or the appropriate court, and no right to reserve the filing of such
civil action separately from the criminal action shall be recognized.

* Decisions of the Sandiganbayan:

a. Appealable to the SC by petition for review on certiorari raising pure
questions of law in accordance with Rule 45 of the Rules of Court;

b. If SB imposes penalty of reclusion perpetua or higher, the decision shall be
appealable to the SC by Notice of Appeal;

c. If penalty imposed is death, review by the Supreme Court shall be automatic,
whether or not the accused filed an appeal.



* Decisions of the Collector of Internal Revenue in cases involving disputed
assessments, refunds of taxes, fees or other charges, penalties imposed in relation
thereto, or other matters arising under the NIRC;

* Decisions of the Commissioner of Customs in cases involving liability for customs
duties, fees or other money charges; seizure, detention or release of property affected;
fines, forfeitures, or other matters arising penalties imposed in relation thereto; and
other matters arising under the Customs Law; and

* Decisions of provincial or city Boards of Assessment Appeals in cases involving the
assessment and taxation of real property or other matters arising under the Assessment