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[ Act No. 2038, February 03, 1911 ]

AN ACT AMENDING SECTIONS FIVE AND SEVEN OF ACT NUMBERED EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN, AS AMENDED, BY REORGANIZING THE ELEVENTH AND TWELTH JUDICIAL DISTRICTS, CREATING THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT AND FIXING THE TIMES AND PLACES FOR HOLDING COURT IN SUCH DISTRICTS, PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

By authority of the United States, be it enacted by the Philippine Legislature, that:

SECTION 1. That portion of section five of Act Numbered Eight hundred and sixty-seven, known as the "Act amending organization of courts," which relates to the Eleventh and Twelfth Judicial Districts is hereby amended to read as follows:
"The Eleventh Judicial District shall consist of the Province of Cebu.

"The Twelfth Judicial District shall consist of the Province of Samar and the northern part of the Province of Leyte, including the territory now embraced by the municipalities of Abuyog, Alang-alang, Barugo, Babatngon, Burauen, Biliran, Carigara, Caibiran, Dagami, Dulag, Jaro, Kawayan, Leyte, Naval, Palo, San Isidro, San Miguel, Tolosa, Tanauan, Tacloban, and Villaba."

Said section five is further amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

"The Sixteenth Judicial District shall consist1 of the Provinces of Oriental Negros and Bohol, and the southern part of the Province of Leyte, including all the municipalities of the Province of Leyte not included in the Twelfth Judicial District."
SEC. 2. The annual salaries of the judges of the Court of First Instance for the Twelfth and Sixteenth Judicial Districts, respectively, shall be nine thousand pesos, payable monthly: Provided, however, That the present incumbent of the Twelfth Judicial District shall continue to receive a salary of ten thousand pesos during the time he remains in said office.

SEC. 3. That part of section seven of said Act Numbered Eight hundred and sixty-seven which relates to the times and places of holding Courts of First Instance in the Eleventh and Twelfth Judicial Districts is hereby amended to read as follows:
"ELEVENTH  JUDICIAL DISTRICT."

"At Cebu, in and for the Province of Cebu, commencing on the first Tuesdays of January, March, July, and October of each year.

"TWELFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT.

"At Catbalogan, in and for the Province of Samar, commencing on the first Tuesdays of January and July of each year.

"At Tacloban, in and for the northern part of the Province of Leyte, commencing on the first Tuesdays of March and October of each year."

Said section seven of Act Numbered Eight hundred and sixty-seven is further amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

"SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT.

"At Maasin, in and for that part of the Province of Leyte not included in the Twelfth Judicial District, commencing on the first Tuesdays of January and July of each year.

"At Tagbilaran. in and for the Province of Bohol, commencing on the second Tuesday of February and the first Tuesday of September of each year.

"At Dumaguete, in and for the Province of Oriental Negros, commencing on the third Tuesday of March and the first Tuesday of November of each year."
SEC. 4. The following personnel is hereby provided:
For the Sixteenth Judicial District, one judge at the salary hereinbefore provided, one stenographer at a salary of twenty-four hundred pesos a year.

For the Court of First Instance for the southern part of Leyte: one clerk of court at a salary of twelve hundred pesos a year; one employee at four hundred and eighty pesos a year; and one messenger at a salary of two hundred and forty pesos a year; all to be appointed as are other clerks, employees, and messengers of the Courts of First Instance.
SEC.  5. All cases criminal or civil, and all judicial proceedings of every kind and character, pending before the Court of First Instance of the Province of Leyte at the time this Act takes effect and over which such court would have jurisdiction if this Act had not been passed, shall continue until final disposition under the jurisdiction of said court, anything in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.

SEC. 6. There is hereby appropriated out of the funds of the Insular Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of eighteen thousand pesos for the payment of the salaries of the judge, clerk, and other personnel of the court, and for incidental expenses for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and twelve, the same to be credited to the appropriation for the Judiciary for that year.

SEC. 7. This Act shall take effect on the first day of July, nineteen hundred and eleven.

Enacted, February 3, 1911.

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