that class of persons who are licensedofficers of the courts, empowered to appear prosecute anddefend and upon whom peculiar duties, responsibilities, andliabilities are developed by law as a consequence
(Cui v. Cui, 120 Phil. 729).
Attorney in fact –
an agent whose authority is strictly limited by theinstrument appointing him, though he may do things notmentioned in his appointment necessary to the performance of the duties specifically required of him by the power of attorneyappointing him, such authority being necessarily implied. He isnot necessarily a lawyer.
de Oficio –
a counsel, appointed or assigned by the court,from among members of the Bar in good standing who, byreason of their experience and ability, may adequately defendthe accused.
In localities where members of the Bar are not available,the court may appoint any person, resident of the province andgood repute for probity and ability, to defend the accused.
Sec.7, Rule 116, Rules of Court.
a person named and appointed by the court todefend an absentee defendant in the suit in which theappointment is made (
Bienvenu v. Factor’s of Traders Insurance Cp., 33 La.Ann.209)
Attorney of Record -
one who has filed a notice of appearance andwho hence is formally mentioned in court records as the official