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SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS

VENUE AND JURISDICTION OF SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS

SPECIAL PROCEEDING VENUE JURISDICTION
Settlement of the Estate Resident of the decedent or if
the decedent is a non-resident,
place where he had an estate
MTC if the gross value of the
estate does not exceed
P300,000, or does not exceed
P400,000 in Metro Manila
RTC if the gross value of the
estate exceeds the above
amounts
Escheat a. Person dies intestate
leaving no heir resident
of decedent or if non-
resident, in the place where
he had an estate
b. REVERSION where the
land lies in whole or in part
c. UNCLAIMED BALANCE -
where the dormant
deposits are located
RTC



RTC

RTC
Appointment of Guardians Where the minor or incompetent
resides
Family court (in case of minors)
RTC (regular courts- in case of
incompetents)
Appointment of trustees Where the will was allowed or
where the property or portion
thereof affected by the trust is
situated
RTC
Domestic adoption Where the adopter resides Family court
Inter-country adoption Where the adoptee resides if
filed in the Family court
Family court or the Inter-country
adoption Board
Rescission of Adoption Where the adoptee resides Family Court
Habeas corpus Where the detainee is detained
(if the petition is filed with the
RTC)
SC, CA, RTC, MTC in the
province or city in case there is
no RTC judge; Sandiganbayan
only in aid of its appellate
jurisdiction.
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Habeas corpus in relation to
minor
Where the petitioner resides or
where the minor may be found
Family Court, CA and SC
Change of name Where the petitioner resides RTC
Appointment of representative of
Absentee/Declaration of Absence
Where the absentee resided
before his disappearance
RTC
Cancellation/Correction of
Entries in the Civil Registries
Where the corresponding Civil
registry is located
RTC