Ilano v CA; G.R. No. 109560; 26 May 1995; 244 SCRA 346

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The PNP-NARCOM, NCR applied for a search warrant before the Regional Trial Court of Kalookan City to search petitioner’s house and parlor in Quezon City. After personally examining the applicant and his witness, the presiding judge issued the search warrants.

Whether or not a court may validly issue a search warrant for a place outside its jurisdiction.

YES. While the trial court which has territorial jurisdiction over the place has primary authority to issue search warrants therefor, any court of competent jurisdiction when necessitated and justified by compelling considerations of urgency, subject, time and place, may issue a search warrant covering a place outside its territorial jurisdiction.

Petition for review is DENIED.

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