SC to hold last leg of ethics caravan

January 26, 2023 Hector Lawas 221 views

THE Supreme Court (SC) will hold the fifth and final leg of the Ethics Caravan for the Proposed Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability (CPRA) on January 27 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.

UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo T. Divina will deliver the welcome message.

The Ethics Caravan will feature the presentation of Senior Associate Justice Marvic Leonen on the Proposed Lawyer’s Oath, while Associate Justice Maria Filomena Singh on the proposed CPRA.

The caravan has introduced the proposed CPRA and its salient provisions to stakeholders and general public as part of the SC’s efforts to update the 34-year code and craft a modern, relevant, and responsive guide for lawyers’ conduct.

Among the key changes in the CPRA is the addition of “accountability” in the title of the old Code as a significant reinforcement of ethical commitment among lawyers.

In addition, changes were also made to the Lawyer’s Oath, which binds all lawyers as a source of obligations such that its violation is a ground for suspension, disbarment, or disciplinary action.

The code was also updated to address technological advances that have developed from the time it first took effect and which have since been significantly affecting legal practice.

Suggestions and input gathered during the caravan from different chapters of the IBP, members of the academe, lawyers, judges, students, related government entities and organizations, and the public will be submitted to the SC en banc for its consideration.