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Benchmark Digest

Benchmark Digest

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 Digest of Supreme Court’s
 Benchmark 
2006Libertas et Iusticia
 
 
LIBERTAS ET IUSTICIA
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DIGEST OF SUPREME COURT’S
BENCHMARK
2006
 www.libertas.ph
April 2006
Disrespectful Lawyers-Spouses Suspended
By
Genevieve B. Zuñiga
THE SUPREME COURT RECENTLY suspended a married lawyer-couple forusing “very disrespectful, insulting, and humiliating” language against a judge.Attys. Ellis and Olivia Jacoba were suspended for two years and twomonths, respectively, for using the words and phrases, “abhorrentnullity,” “legal monstrosity,” “horrendous mistake,” “horrible error,”“boner,” and “an insult to the judiciary and an anachronism in the judicialprocess” in their Motion for Reconsideration of the Resolution issued byJudge Ubaldino Lacurom of the Cabanatuan City Municipal Trial Court,Branch 30.In a decision penned by Justice Antonio T. Carpio, the Court said that“even the most hardened judge would be scarred by the scurrilous attackmade by the 30 July 2001 motion on Judge Lacurom’s Resolution...Though a lawyer’s language may be forceful and emphatic, it shouldalways be dignified and respectful, befitting the dignity of the legalprofession,” it added.The Jacoba spouses have been previously punished for violation of theCode of Professional Responsibility. Ellis was suspended twice – one forsix months and another for one year – for his failure to file the requiredpleadings, while Olivia was fined for appearing in barangay conciliationproceedings on behalf of a party despite the prohibition in the LocalGovernment Code. (
 AC No. 5921, Judge Ubaldino A. Lacurom, Presiding Judge,Regional Trial Court, Cabanatuan City, Branch 29 and Pairing Judge, Branch 30 vs. Atty.Ellis F. Jacoba and Atty. Olivia Velasco-Jacoba, March 10, 2006
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