1. Receipt by PPDT Registry

A. Determine nature of case:

a. Complaint
i. disputes between the members of a political party;
ii. disputes between a member of a political party and a political party;
iii. disputes between political parties;
iv. disputes between an independent candidate and a political party;
v. disputes between coalition partners;
vi. disputes arising from party primaries.
b. Appeal from decision of the Political Party Registrar or;

B. Get basic information about the case:

a. Name of Complainant/Appellant
b. Name of Respondent(s)
c. Nature of case filed
d. Remedy(ies) being sought

C. Determine validity and/or completeness of the complaint/appeal:

a. Is the complaint is sufficient in form and substance?
b. Does the complaint/appeal fall within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal?
i. If it falls outside the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, advise the party accordingly.
c. Has the party exhausted the internal dispute resolution mechanism of the party? (Applicable in (i), (ii) and (vi).
i. If the IDRM has not been complied, advise the party to comply.

If conditions in C above have been complied with:

(a) Assess the court fees payable;
(b) Issue case number;
(c) Upon receipt of the court fees receipt, receive the documents by stamping with the Tribunal’s stamp;
(d) Open the court files;
(e) The Registry in consultation with the Chairperson of the Tribunal issues date for hearing/mention/direction.

2. Initial Hearing/Mention/Direction with the Tribunal

The parties appear before the Tribunal for issuance of

  • Directions on hearing of interlocutory applications if any;
  • Orders if any;
  • Directions on the main complaint/appeal including submissions, replies and compliance with service;
  • The hearing date.

3. Hearing of Complaint/Appeal and Oral Arguments

  • Upon compliance with conditions of directions in 3(c) above, the parties appear before the Tribunal for formal hearing.
  • If either party does not appear or is not represented without sufficient cause, the Tribunal may proceed to hear or adjourn the matter.
  • The Tribunal may issue further hearing dates depending on the merits of each case.
  • Upon the submissions, arguments and analyzing of the documents filed by the parties before the Tribunal, a judgment/ruling date is issued.

4. Tribunal Issues Judgment/Ruling

  • The judgment/ruling is delivered in open court by the bench in the presence or absentia of the parties.
  • The judgment/ruling is signed by the bench.
  • Parties can obtain copies of the judgment/ruling from the Registry upon payment of the requisite court fees.