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This book, which is now on its third edition, was originally entitled “The Special Rules of Procedure Governing the Shari’a Courts (Ijra-at Al Mahakim Al Shariah) Annotated.” The original title may suggest that the Special Rules, as it is called throughout the text for brevity, is universal in its application to Islamic courts. On the contrary, although it has the basic feature of Islamic procedure, the Special Rules is Philippine adjective law exclusively applicable to the Shari’a courts in the Philippines, which were created by local legislation for the enforcement of the legal system of the Filipino Muslims. For fear that the work may be entirely ascribed to, and render disservice to the Islamic faith, the work is renamed to underscore its limited territorial applicability. Thus, it is now called “Special Rules of Procedure Governing Philippine Shari’a Courts Annotated.”
It is an annotation on the “The Special Rules of Procedure Governing the Shari’a Courts (Ijra--at Al Mahakim Al Shariah) promulgated by the Supreme Court of the Philippines on September 20, 1983. The Special Rules, which is almost summary in nature, provides for an expeditious and inexpensive determination of the cases brought before the Shari'a courts of the Philippines. The annotations consist of decisions of the high court, pertinent provisions of the Rules of Court, Islamic jurisprudence, and opinions of legal luminaries. The Muslim law on evidence, which was made applicable to the Shari’a Courts in a supplementary character, is incorporated in the annotation.

This Kindle edition, approximately 320 pages in physical form including the appendices, is updated with recent decisions of the Philippine Supreme Court involving or affecting the Shari’a courts as well as pertinent amendments to the Rules of Court of the Philippines. The “Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines” and the “Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” which are the basic laws governing the Muslims in the Philippines, are appended in the edition for reference.

The author had been teaching remedial law for more than 20 years, and a government prosecutor for more than 16 years. He is holder of Ph.D., Ll.B., and BSBA degrees, and a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is author of two other law books entitled “The 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated” and “The Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure Annotated.”


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Published February 20, 2012 by MMG Publications. 271 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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