Instruction No. 10

INSTRUCTION CONCERNING THE DISPOSITION
OF CRIMINAL CASES AN
REPORTS THEREOF

March 18, 1942

To Mr. JOSE LAUREL

Commissioner of the Department of Justice
of the Philippines
Manila

Disposition of criminal cases and reports thereof shall be carried out in accordance with the following rules:

(I) Judicial organs of the Philippines shall dispose of all the criminal cases except those of the under mentioned crimes:

(1) Crimes against the military laws, regulations, ordinances, proclamations, or other orders issued by the Japanese Forces.

(2) Crimes having any relation with the strategic interest of the Japanese Forces or those which, in the opinion of the Military authorities, seriously affect peace and order in the areas occupied by said Forces.

(3) Crimes committed by Japanese subjects.

(II) Whenever any of the following crimes is filed with, dropped or dismissed by prosecuting of officers or judicial courts, or sentenced (including sentences on appellate cases) by such courts, writ ten reports shall be sent to the Chief of the Japanese Military Administration, through the Japanese adviser on Justice, containing a summary of the criminal acts, the dates and places of the crimes, and the provisions of the law violated or involved, whether or not the offenders are under bail, and the actual status of the case. A copy of the decision rendered in each case shall be attached to the report. The description once made in the previous report may be omitted from the subsequent reports of the same case.

(1) Crimes against public order.
(2) Crimes against public interest.
(3) Crimes committed by public officers.
(4) Parricide, murder and homicide.
(5) Robbery, brigandage and highway brigandage.
(6) Arson.
(7) Crimes against Japanese subjects.
(8) Crimes punishable with death or imprisonment for life, and other sensational crimes which, in the opinion of the Commissioner of Justice, should be reported to the military authorities.

Y. HAYASI
Director-General of the Japanese
Military Administration

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library