a. Respect for law and legal processes
Canon 1: A lawyer shall uphold the Constitution, obey the laws of the land, and promote respect for law and legal processes.
As first edicts. It is no accident that these are the first edicts laid down in the Code of Professional Responsibility for these are a lawyer’s foremost duties. Lawyers should always keep in mind that, although upholding the Constitution and obeying the law is an obligation imposed on every citizen, a lawyer’s responsibilities under Canon 1 mean more than just staying out of trouble with the law. As servants of the law and officers of the court, lawyers are required to be at the forefront of observing and maintaining the rule of law. They are expected to make themselves exemplars worthy of emulation. This, in fact, is what a lawyer’s obligation to promote respect for law and legal processes entails. (Re: Report on the Financial Audit Conducted on the Books of Account of Atty. Raquel G. Kho, A.M. No. P-06-2177, 10 April 2007)
Rule 1.01: A lawyer shall not engage in unlawful, dishonest, immoral or deceitful conduct.
Concept: Unlawful conduct. By definition, any act or omission contrary to law is unlawful. It ...
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