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List of investigating commission; qualifications, C6S4 CPRA

Section 4, Canon VI

SECTION 4. List of Investigating Commissioners; qualifications. – The IBP shall recommend to the Supreme Court one hundred fifty (150) lawyers in good standing and repute, whom the IBP shall proportionately select from its nine (9) regions. The IBP may periodically recommend the adjustment of the number of Investigating Commissioners to the Supreme Court according to the existing caseload.
The list, with the curriculum vitae of the recommended lawyers, shall be submitted by the IBP within a month from the effectivity of the Code.
Only those approved by the Supreme Court may be designated as Investigating Commissioners, who shall serve for a term of three (3) years, unless sooner removed, replaced or resigned.
An updated list shall be submitted by the IBP to the Supreme Court upon removal, replacement, or resignation of a lawyer previously designated as Investigating Commissioner by the Supreme Court.
All approved Investigating Commissioners shall take an oath of office in the form prescribed by the IBP. A copy of the Investigating Commissioner’s appointment and oath shall be transmitted to the Supreme Court. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. List of Investigating Commissioners; qualifications

a. IBP’s duty to recommend

Under this section, the IBP is mandated to “recommend to the Supreme Court one hundred fifty (150) lawyers in good standing and repute, whom the IBP shall proportionately select from its nine (9) regions.”

1) Periodic recommendation

In line with its duty to recommend, the IBP “may periodically recommend the adjustment of the number of Investigating Commissioners to the Supreme Court according to the existing caseload.”

2) List with curriculum vitae

The IBP shall submit to the Supreme Court the list of recommended lawyers, including their respective curriculum vitae.

a) Updated list

The IBP is duty-bound to submit an updated list to the Supreme Court whenever an Investigating Commissioner has been the subject of:

1) Removal,

2) Replacement, or

3) Resignation.

b. Designated Investigating Commissioners

The Investigating Commissioners are only those who are approved/designated by the Supreme Court.

1) 3-year term of office

The Investigating Commissioners “serve for a term of three (3) years.”

a) Exceptions

The 3-year term may be shortened if they are:

1) Sooner removed;

2) Replaced; or

3) Resigned.

c. Oath taking

Investigating Commissioners are required to “take an oath of office in the form prescribed by the IBP.”

1) Appointment

The appointment papers of an Investigating Commissioner and oath are required to “be transmitted to the Supreme Court.”

References

Canon VI, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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