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Less serious offenses, C6S34 CPRA

Section 34, Canon VI

SECTION 34. Less serious offenses. – Less serious offenses include:
(a) Simple misconduct, or such misconduct without the manifest elements of corruption, clear intent to violate the law or flagrant disregard of established rules;
(b) Simple negligence in the performance of duty, or such negligence which does not result in depriving the client of his or her day in court;
(c) Violation of Supreme Court rules and issuances in relation to Bar Matters and administrative disciplinary proceedings, including willful and deliberate disobedience of the orders of the Supreme Court and the IBP;
(d) Simple dishonesty;
(e) Other violations of the conflict of interest rules;
(f) Prohibited borrowing of money from a client;
(g) Prohibited lending of money;
(h) Other unlawful threats;
(i) Instituting frivolous or baseless actions, on the basis of a final decision or order dismissing such action for being frivolous or baseless;
(j) Violation of the sub Judice rule;
(k) Deliberate failure or refusal to pay just debts;
(l) Termination of legal services absent good cause and written notice;
(m) Use of intemperate or offensive language before any court, tribunal, or other government agency;
(n) Unjustifiable failure or refusal to render an accounting of the funds or properties of a client;
(o) Unauthorized division of fees with a non-lawyer; and
(p) Other violations of reportorial requirements. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Less serious offenses

a. Simple misconduct

b. Simple negligence

c. Violation of Supreme Court rules and issuances in relation to Bar Matters and administrative disciplinary proceedings

d. Simple dishonesty

e. Other violations of the conflict of interest rules

f. Prohibited borrowing of money from a client

g. Prohibited lending of money

h. Other unlawful threats

i. Instituting frivolous or baseless actions

j. Violation of the sub Judice rule

k. Deliberate failure or refusal to pay just debts

l. Termination of legal services absent good cause and written notice

m. Use of intemperate or offensive language

n. Unjustifiable failure or refusal to render an accounting of the funds or properties of a client

o. Unauthorized division of fees with a non-lawyer

p. Other violations of reportorial requirements.

References

Canon VI, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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