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Verified answer, C6S14 CPRA

Section 14, Canon VI

SECTION 14. Verified answer. – The answer shall be verified and filed within thirty (30) calendar days from receipt of the summons. The verified answer shall be accompanied by judicial affidavits of the witnesses and such other documents in support thereof.
The respondent may, upon motion, for good cause, be given one extension of fifteen (15) calendar days to file the verified answer.
Two (2) copies of the verified answer shall be filed with the Investigating Commissioner, with proof of service on the complainant or the latter’s counsel. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Verified answer

a. 30-day period

Within 30 calendar days from receipt of summons, a verified answer has to be filed.

1) 15-day extension

A 15-calendar day extension to file a verified answer may be extended to the respondent upon the latter’s motion and for good cause.

b. Supporting documents

The verified answer has to be accompanied by:

1) Judicial affidavits of the witnesses; and

2) Such other documents in support thereof.

c. Service and filing

1) Service

The respondent has to serve a copy of the verified answer to the complainant or the latter’s counsel.

2) Filing

Thereafter, the respondent has to file 2 copies of the verified answer with the Investigating Commissioner, with proof of service on the complainant or the latter’s counsel.

References

Canon VI, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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