is a special court which was established under Presidential Decree No.
1606. Its rank is equivalent to the
ACT FURTHER DEFINING THE JURISDICTION OF THE SANDIGANBAYAN, AMENDING
FOR THE PURPOSE P. D. NO. 1606, AS AMENDED, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR,
FOR OTHER PURPOSES Republic
Act No. 8249THE
OMBUDSMAN ACT OF 1989Republic
Act No. 6770
shall sit in five (5) divisions of three justices each. The five (5)
sit at the same time.
divisions shall be stationed in the Metro Manila area, the fourth
shall be in Cebu City for cases coming from the Visayas region, and the
fifth division shall be in Cagayan de Oro City for cases coming from
constitute a quorum for sessions in divisions: Provided, That
the required quorum for the particular division cannot be had due to
legal disqualification or temporary disability of a Justice or of a
occurring therein, the Presiding Justice may designate an Associate
of the Court, to be determined by strict rotation on the basis of the
order of precedence, to sit as a special member of said division with
the rights and prerogatives of a regular member of said division in the
trial and determination of a case or cases assigned thereto, unless the
operation of the court will be prejudiced thereby, in which case, the
shall, upon the recommendation of the Presiding Justice, designate any
Justice or Justices of the Court of Appeals to sit temporarily therein.