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New lawyer’s code ready for implementation

May 15, 2023 Hector Lawas 152 views

THE newly-approved Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability (CPRA) was published in two newspapers of general circulation, and will now take effect 15 calendar days after its publication.

Last month, the high court launched the CPRA for lawyers and members of the legal community.

The CPRA was part of the high court’s efforts to update the 34-year-old code by crafting a modern, relevant, and responsive guide for lawyers’ conduct. It also revised the lawyer’s oath.

Senior Associate Justice Marvic Leonen introduced the new Oath of Lawyers, and led some 200 lawyers present during the launching in reciting the new oath.

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said the CPRA is not just a revision from old to new but an overhaul focusing on core values.

The launching was organized by the SC in cooperation with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the Philippine Association of Law Schools, with support from the European Union through the Governance in Justice Programme II (GOJUST II) and the Australian Government through The Asia Foundation and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The launching of the CPRA marks the end of the five-leg Ethics Caravan, a series of consultative discussions held in the cities of Cebu, Davao, Naga, Baguio, and Manila, which was organized by the SC Sub-Committee for the Revision of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

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