Courts to remain open for primaries

By John McPhaul

The administrative director of the island’s courts, Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa, announced on Wednesday that the judicial centers of the 13 judicial regions of Puerto Rico, as well as the offices of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, will remain open to address cases and electoral matters on Sunday, primary elections day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The hours of operation were determined in an administrative order by Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez.

“In addition to taking the necessary measures to operate this coming Sunday, the judges of the Superior Court were also appointed to deal with cases and controversies involving electoral matters,” Steidel Figueroa said in a written statement. “These appointments were made according to the random selection process established by Rule 4 of the Regulations for the Appointment of Presiding Judges and Alternate Presidents of Local Election Commissions and Other Electoral Matters.”

Likewise, two special panels on duty were appointed at the Court of Appeals to attend to electoral cases on the day of the primaries.

By means of the administrative order, Oronoz Rodríguez, the presiding judge, also ordered that electoral cases of a civil nature be filed through the Unified System of Case Management and Administration (SUMAC by its Spanish acronym). Complaints may also be filed through SUMAC in electoral cases of a criminal nature.

The people who appear in their own right may present their documents physically in the judicial centers or through the email addresses available for that purpose in each judicial region.

Additionally, on Saturday, electoral matters of a civil nature may be received and addressed in the judicial centers, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A copy of the administrative order, OAJP-2020-065, is available at

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