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Prohibition against gift-giving and donations, C2S21 CPRA

Section 21, Canon II

SECTION 21. Prohibition against gift-giving and donations. – A lawyer shall not, directly or indirectly, give gifts, donations, contributions of any value or sort, on any occasion, to any court, tribunal or government agency, or any of its officers and personnel. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Prohibition against gift-giving and donations

a. No giving gifts, donations, contributions or any value or sort

Whether directly or indirectly, lawyers are prohibited from giving, on any occasion, to any court, tribunal or government agency, or any of its officers and personnel:

1) Gifts:

2) Donations; or

3) Contributions of any value or sort.

The prohibition is absolute, broad, and does not admit of any qualification.

Thus, lawyers should refrain from giving any gift or donation regardless of value, including tokens or items of small value, such as fountain pens, umbrellas, and similar items.

The prohibition extends to any occasion, including baptisms, birthdays, funerals, retirement, and similar events, involving a judge or a hearing officer, as well as any of their staff or personnel.

Further, this prohibition applies to direct giving, as well as indirect giving or made through other individuals, organizations, or other channels.

References

Canon II, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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