There are times when a church member or a pastor becomes involved in a civil or criminal case. Such times cause great worry and fear especially if the person involved does not know anything about the law. I will therefore be posting PDFs on various legal procedures in my Family Matters website and my Legal updates blog to clarify what the procedures are in our judicial system.
You can freely download these PDF materials and use them for your own reference, or print and distribute them to your church members, friends or colleagues. You cannot however edit these materials or use them commercially or for profit.
The following posts from my Legal updates blog have graphic links to PDFs which you can freely download and use for your own reference. Please take note that I designed these PDFs in 2003 and have not been able to make major revisions. Please check the Supreme Court website for any change in the legal procedures.
- Legal Procedures 01: Jurisdiction of trial courts (MTC, RTC)
- Legal Procedures 02: Jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court
- Legal Procedures 03: Katarungang Pambarangay
- Legal Procedures 04: Cases not subject to Katarungang Pambarangay
- Legal Procedures 05: Preliminary investigation
- Legal Procedures 06: Arrest and bail
- Legal Procedures 07: Search and seizure
- Legal Procedures 08: Rights of the accused
- Legal Procedures 10: Pleadings and motions before arraignment
- Legal Procedures 11: Arraignment and pre-trial
- Legal Procedures 12: Trial procedure in criminal cases
- Legal Procedures 13: Motions during trial of a criminal case
- Legal Procedures 14: Criminal cases subject to Summary Procedure
- Legal Procedures 15: Summary Procedure in criminal cases
- Legal Procedures 17: Promulgation of judgment in criminal cases
- Legal Procedures 18: Remedies after conviction
- Legal Procedures 19: Duration of penalties
- Legal Procedures 20: Extinction and prescription of the crime; civil liability
- Legal Procedures 22: Filing of complaint and answer in civil cases
- Legal Procedures 23: Default or failure to answer
- Legal Procedures 24: Motion to Dismiss
- Legal Procedures 25: Kinds of pleadings and motions
The use of graphics or cartoons to illustrate these PDF materials is in keeping with 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.
Most of the PDFs are printed one topic per letter-sized paper. You can cut the PDFs along the dashed lines and then compile them into a hard bound or ring bound album. Or you can place related pages side by side on 8.5 by 13 sized paper (landscape orientation) and then compile them into an album.