Adjudication and Legal Services

RA 8371 otherwise known as the “Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997” recognizes, protect and promote the rights of indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples as emphasized in Section 2 (Declaration of State Policies), subsections a-f of said law in relation with the advocacy of the NCIP to protect and promote the ICCs/IPs rights (Delivery of Justice and Human Rights Services) thus, the Regional and/or Provincial Legal Officers shall:

  1. Provide ICCs/IPs legal assistance in litigation involving community interests in judicial, quasi-judicial and administrative bodies;
  2. Provides ICCs/IPs legal advice/opinion on matters involving community interests;
  3. Initiate legal or administrative action as the case maybe, against any person, organization, NGO or government agency believed to have violated any of the rights of the ICCs/IPs.

Schedule of Availability of Service:

Monday to Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Who May Avail of the Service:

Members of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) within or covered by the jurisdiction of NCIP Regional Office.

Requirements:

  • Request (oral or written) from the concerned ICC/IP.
  • Letter/Recommendation from the Concerned Indorsing Office / Provincial Officer or Legal Officer as the case maybe.

Fees/Charges:

None

How to Avail of the Service:

a. Request for Legal Advice

Step Applicant/Client Service Provider Duration of Activity Person in Charge Remarks
1 Submits request for legal Advice Receives request 5 minutes
2 Interviews client, determination of facts and circumstances of the legal issues at hand 30 minutes Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer 
3 Discussion of the legal remedies, solutions available in order to address the issues at hand 30 minutes Regional / Provincial Legal Officer

 b. Request for Legal Opinion

Step Applicant/client Service provider Duration of activity Person in charge Remarks
1 Submits request for legal opinion Study, appreciation and familiarization of the facts and circumstances of the matter subject of the legal opinion 30 minutes Regional / Provincial Legal Officer
2 Research of applicable laws and jurisprudence on the matter subject of the legal opinion 30 minutes Regional / Provincial Legal Officer
3 Validation, investigation of the allegation and/or issues on the matter subject of the legal opinion (if required) 1 day Regional / Provincial Legal Officer
4 Issuance of the legal opinion

1 day 

2 days

If validation and investigation is not required 

If validation and investigation is required.

c. Preparation of Major Pleadings (i.e., complaints, answers, reply, comment, rejoinder, etc.)

Step Applicant/client Service provider Duration of activity Person in charge Remarks
1 Submits request for legal assistance Receives request for legal assistance 5 minutes Provincial Office  
2 Interview of client, validation and verification of the situation which needs legal services 30 minutes Provincial Office
3 Interview of client, determination of facts and circumstances in relation with the legal issues at hand 30 minutes Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer
4 Preparation of major pleadings (i.e., complaints, answers, reply, comment, rejoinder, etc. as the case maybe) 2-3 days Regional/ Provincial Legal Offic
5 Appearance in court, quasi-judicial agencies and administrative bodies Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer Duration and time frame depends on the trial dates as required by the judge or Hearing Officer

d. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Facilitation of ADRs among the IPS)

Step Applicant/client Service provider Duration of activity Person in charge Remarks
1 Submits request for alternative dispute resolution Receives request for alternative dispute resolution 5 minutes Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer  
2 Interview of client, validation and verification of the situation 30 minutes Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer  
3 Discussion of the possible alternative remedies, solutions available in order to address the issues at hand (Mediation) 3 Hrs Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer Duration and time frame depends on the mediation between the parties
4 Parties appear on the scheduled conference Preparation of compromise agreement if parties were able to settle their dispute 1 Hrs Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer
5 Furnish parties a copy of the compromise agreement or mediation report 2 days Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer

e. Preparation of Other Documents

Step Applicant/client Service provider Duration of activity Person in charge Remarks
1 Submits request for preparation of document Interviews client 10 minutes Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer  
2 Preparation of the document 10-15 minutes30 minutes Regional/ Provincial Legal Officer In cases of affidavits, lettersIn cases of simple contracts and motions