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Remedy for grievances, insinuations of improper motive, C2S14 CPRA

CANON II – PROPRIETY

SECTION 14. Remedy for grievances; insinuation of improper motive. – A lawyer shall submit grievances against any officer of a court, tribunal, or other government agency only through the appropriate remedy and before the proper authorities.
Statements insinuating improper motive on the part of any such officer, which are not supported by substantial evidence, shall be ground for disciplinary action. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Remedy for grievances; insinuation of improper motive

a. Submit grievances

If lawyers have any grievances against any officer of a court, tribunal, or other government agency, they should submit a complaint or submit their grievance only through the appropriate remedy and before the proper authorities.

Such grievances may be resorted to within the concerned officer’s agency or office, as well as via external disciplining authorities, such as the Ombudsman, Civil Service Commission, Office of the President, and so on.

Otherwise, making insinuations, particularly those made in public, will only undermine not the just the officers concerned but only the agency or office they represent, as well as the respect and dignity of the legal profession.

b. Disciplinary action

Lawyers may be subjected to disciplinary action if they make statements insinuating improper motive on an officer and the same is not supported by substantial evidence.

References

Canon II, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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