This from the Access to Justice Blog:
The Justice on Wheels is an access to justice programme which was commenced in 2004 by the country’s Supreme Court following the example of the Guatemalan Mobile Court System. JOW aims to bring justice closer to the poor by providing on-the-spot fast and free dispute resolution services – adjudication, mediation and conciliation.
A bus is travelling the country literally delivering accessible justice to the local communities. One part of the bus has been transformed into a court room and the other serves as a mediation chamber. The disputants are offered not only facilities but also can benefit from the professional services of judges, prosecutors, mediators, clerks and lawyers. Even process server and a court room guard travel with the bus.
More info from the press release from the Philippine Information Agency.
SC conducts ‘Justice on Wheels’ orientation in Dipolog
by Franklin P. Gumapon
DIPOLOG CITY, May 13 (PIA) – An orientation on the Justice on Wheels (JOW) program was recently conducted here by the Supreme Court (SC) with barangay officials and court employees as participants.
Topics discussed included the Barangay Protection Order (BPO) that comes along Republic Act (RA) 9262, a law that protects the rights of women and children, RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act, RA 9208 or the Anti-trafficking of Persons Act, Rules and Procedures for Small Claims Cases, and Environmental Protection and Preservation.
The resource speakers were Prosecutor Elisa R. Sarmiento-Flores of Muntinlupa City, SC Deputy Court Administrator Nimfa Cuesta-Vilches and Atty. Asis G. Perez, in-country US representative of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
JOW program started during the time of Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. in 2004 aimed at reaching out to poor Filipinos and expediting litigation of cases. It is patterned after the mobile court introduced by the Guatemalan government which seeks to provide the people in remote areas with adequate and inexpensive access to justice.
Chief Justices Artemio Panganiban and Renato Puno pursued the project and even expanded its coverage to medical and dental missions, legal assistance, and information dissemination and training to barangay officials and law students on court mediation. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)
The closest I know to this in the US is the Ventura mobile self-help center.