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Treatment of vulnerable persons, C5S2 CPRA

Section 2, Canon V

SECTION 2. Treatment of vulnerable persons. – In dealing with a client who belongs to a vulnerable sector, a lawyer shall be mindful and sensitive of, and consider the client’s special circumstances, as well as the applicable laws and rules.
The lawyer shall observe a higher standard of service suited to the particular needs of the vulnerable person and shall assert such person’s right to meaningful access to justice.
A vulnerable person is a person who is at a higher risk of harm than others, and shall include children, the elderly, the homeless, persons with disability, persons deprived of liberty, human rights victims, victims of domestic violence, victims of armed conflict, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, those who belong to racial or ethnic minorities, or those with debilitating physical or mental conditions. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Treatment of vulnerable persons

Vulnerable person – is” a person who is at a higher risk of harm than others, and shall include children, the elderly, the homeless, persons with disability, persons deprived of liberty, human rights victims, victims of domestic violence, victims of armed conflict, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, those who belong to racial or ethnic minorities, or those with debilitating physical or mental conditions.” (CPRA, Section 2, Canon V)

a. Vulnerable sectors

Under this section, when dealing with a client who belongs to a vulnerable sector, lawyers are required to “be mindful and sensitive of, and consider the client’s special circumstances, as well as the applicable laws and rules.”

b. Higher standard of care

The lawyer shall observe a higher standard of service suited to the particular needs of the vulnerable person and shall assert such person’s right to meaningful access to justice.

References

Canon V, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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