Armed court security sought

Johnny Pimentel

A LAWMAKER from Mindanao has sought the creation of new positions for armed peace officers in the judiciary to provide ample court security.

“Judges, court personnel and litigants have become increasingly exposed to potential violence when hearing cases. They deserve adequate protection. We should have at least one bailiff in every courtroom,” said Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel.

Pimentel said bailiffs would form part of the regular court staff and exercise law enforcement powers in buildings and properties used by judges.

“Just like in America, we should have a bailiff keeping the peace in every court proceeding, regardless whether the case being heard is criminal or civil in nature,” said Pimentel.

At present, Pimentel said the only peace officers in courts are the police or jail escorts of defendants in custody.