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850 RE: MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (MCLE) Gentlemen: Quoted hereunder, for your information, is a resolution of the Court dated AUG 22 2000. BAR MATTER NO. 850 - MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (MCLE) x ---------------------------------------------------- x ADOPTING THE RULES ON MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES
(e) At least four (4) hours shall be devoted to legal writing and oral advocacy. (f) At least two (2) hours shall be devoted to international law and international conventions. (g) The remaining six (6) hours shall be devoted to such subjects as may be prescribed by the MCLE Committee. Rule 3. COMPLIANCE PERIOD SECTION 1. Initial compliance period. -- The initial compliance period shall begin not later than .three (3) months froth the constitution of the MCLE Committee. Except for the initial compliance period for members admitted or readmitted after the establishment of the program, all compliance periods shall be for thirty-six (36) months and shall begin the day after the end of the previous compliance period.
SEC. 2. Compliance group 1. -- Members in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Considering the Rules on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MGLE) for Metro Manila shall be permanently assigned to Compliance Group1. members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), recommended by the IBP; SEC. 3. Compliance group 2. -- Members in Luzon outside NCR shall be endorsed by the Philippine Judicial Academy, and reviewed and passed upon by the permanently assigned to Compliance Group 2. Supreme Court Committee on Legal Education, the Court hereby resolves toadopt, as it hereby adopts, the following rules for proper implementation: SEC. 4. Compliance group 3. -- Members in Visayas and Mindanao shall be permanently assigned to Compliance Group 3. Rule 1. PURPOSE SEC. 5. Compliance period for members admitted or readmitted after establishment SECTION 1. Purpose of the MCLE. -- Continuing legal education is required of of the program. -- Members admitted or readmitted to the Bar after the establishment of members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to ensure that throughout their the program shall be permanently assigned to the appropriate Compliance Group based careen they keep abreast with Jaw and jurisprudence, maintain the ethics of the on their Chapter membership on the date of admission or readmission. profession and enhance the standards of the practice of law. The initial compliance period after admission or readmission shall begin on the first day of the month of admission or readmission and shall end on the same day as that of Rule 2. MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION all other members in the same Compliance Group. SECTION 1. Constitution of the MCLE Committee. -- Within two (2) months from the approval of these Rules by the Supreme Court En Banc, the MCLE Committee shall (a) Where four (4) months or less remain of the initial compliance period after admission be constituted in accordance with these Rules. or readmission, the member is not required to comply with the program requirement for SEC. 2. Requirements of completion of MCLE. -- Members of the IBP not exempt the initial compliance. under Rule 7 shall complete every three (3) years at least thirty-six (36) hours of continuing legal education activities approved by the MCLE Committee. Of the 36 hours: (b) Where more than four (4) months remain of the initial compliance period after admission or readmission, the member shall be required to complete a number of hours of approved continuing legal education activities equal to the number of months (a) .At least six (6) hours shall be devoted to legal ethics. remaining in the compliance period in which the members admitted or readmitted. Such member shall be required to complete a number of hours of education in legal ethics in (b) At least four (4) hours shall be devoted to trial and pretrial skills. proportion to the number of months remaining in the compliance period. Fractions of hours shall be rounded up to the next whole number. (c) At least five (5) hours shall be devoted to alternative dispute resolution. (d) At least nine (9) hours shall be devoted to updates on substantive and procedural laws, and jurisprudence.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS BY APPROVED PROVIDERS UNDER RULE 7 AND OTHER RELATED RULES 1.3 BOOK EDITOR 1. -.1 RESEARCH/INNOVATIVE PROGRAM/CREATIVE PROJECT 5-10 CREDIT UNITS DULY CERTIFIED/PU BLISHED TECHNICAL REPORT/PAPE R PUBLISH ED BOOK 1.The following are the guidelines for computation of credit units (CU): PROGRAMS CREDIT UNITS SUPPOR TING DOCUMENTS 2. SYMPOSIA.5 MODERATOR/COORDINATOR/FACILITA TOR 2 CU PER HOUR 2.RULE 4. COMPUTATION OF CREDIT UNITS SECTION 1.4 LEGAL ARTICLE SINGLE AUTHOR 2 AUTHORS 3 0R MORE PUBLISH ED ARTICLE 1.4 ASSIGNED PANELIST/REACTOR/COMMENTATOR 2 CU PER HOUR 1.2 BOOK SINGLE AUTHOR 2 AUTHORS 3 OR MORE PP + 50-100 101 12-16 CU 1720 CU 10-12 CU 1316 CU 5-6 CU 7-11 CU 1. SEMINARS. Guidelines. CONVENTIONS.1 PARTICIPANT 1 CU PER HOUR CERTIFIC ATE OF ATTENDANCE WITH NUMBER OF HOURS PHOTOC OPY OF PLAQUE OR SPONSOR’S CERTIFICATIO N PHOTOC OPY OF PLAQUE OR SPONSOR’S CERTIFICATIO N CERTIFIC ATION FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIO N CERTIFIC ATION FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIO N 2.3 RESOURCE SPEAKER 3 CU PER HOUR 1/2 OF THE CU OF AUTHORSHI P CATEGORY 5-10 PP + 6 CU 8 CU 4 CU 6 CU 2 CU 4 CU 11 PUBLISH ED BOOK WITH PROOF AS EDITOR 2. CONFERENCES. INHOUSE EDUCATION PROGRAMS. AUTHORSHIP.5 LEGAL 3-6 CU PER ISSUE PUBLISH ED NEWSLETTER/ 2 . EDITING AND REVIEW 2. DIALOGUES.2 LECTURER 5 CU PER HOUR 2. WORKSHOPS.
(i) Heads of government agencies exercising quasi-judicial functions. participatory. (a) Preparing. COMPUTATION OF CREDIT HOURS SEC. in-house education programs.The following members of the Bar are exempt from the MCLE requirement: CERTIFIC ATION OF LAW DEAN OR BAR REVIEW DIRECTOR (a) The President and the Vice President of the Philippines. commentator. (f) The Government Corporate Counsel. Limitation on certain credit units.Credit hours are computed based on (a) Those who are not in law practice. private or public. e. coordinator or facilitator in approved education activities. -.The credits are either participatory or non. incumbent and SEC. Claim for non-participatory credit. written materials published or accepted for publication. reactor.g.. actual time spent in an activity (actual instruction or speaking time). symposia. (e) The Solicitor General and the Assistant Solicitors General.Participatory credit may be claimed for: (a) Attending approved education activities like seminars conferences. Rule 5. -. (b) Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. 3. CATEGORIES OF CREDIT SEC. 2. or acting as assigned panelist. Claim for participatory credit. (b) Speaking or lecturing. PROFESSORIAL CHAIR/BAR REVIEW LECTURE/LAW TEACHING 6 CU PER CHAIR 1 CU PER LECTURE HOUR JOURNAL Rule 7.Department of Justice. book. EXEMPTIONS SECTION 1. (g) The Chairmen and Members of the Constitutional Commissions. (c) Teaching in a law school or lecturing in a bar review class. moderator. or book renew which contribute to the legal education of the author member. resource speaker. dialogues or round table discussions. incumbent members of the Judicial and Bar Council and the preceding Section. (d) The Chief State Counsel. (c) The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. -. (b) Editing a law book. the total maximum credit units shall not exceed twenty (20) hours incumbent court lawyers covered by the Philippine Judicial Academy program of continuing judicial education. in the form of an article. Vice-Chancellor and members of the Corps of Professors and Professorial Lecturers of the Philippine Judicial Academy. per three (3) years.The following Members of the Bar are likewise exempt: (k) The Chancellor. conventions. the Overall Deputy Ombudsman. bar reviewers and professors of law who have teaching experience claimed per compliance period for: for at least 10 years in accredited law schools. workshops. Other parties exempted from the MCLE. 3 . 2.In numbers 2 and 3 of the guidelines in retired members of the judiciary. and (I) Governors and Mayors SECTION 1. Parties exempted from the MCLE. SEC. Chief State Prosecutor and Assistant Secretaries of the SECTION 1. -. Deputy and Assistant Government Corporate Counsel. Classes of credits. Rule 6.NEWSLETTER/LAW JOURNAL EDITOR 3. -. chapter. -. law journal or legal newsletter. -. (h) The Ombudsman. Computation of credit hours. the Deputy Ombudsmen and the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Ombudsman. and the Secretaries and Undersecretaries of Executive Departments. which were not prepared in the ordinary course of the member's practice or employment.Non participatory credit may be (j) Incumbent deans. as an author or co-author. 2. in hours to the nearest one-quarter hour.
The compliance period shall begin on the first day of (c) Be accompanied by the appropriate approval fee. -. (b) The activity shall constitute an organized program of learning related to legal subjects and the legal profession.Applications for exemption from or modification of the MCLE requirement shall be under oath and supported by documents. Proof of exemption. post graduate study abroad. the nature of the activity.) from (a) Be submitted on a form provided by the IBP. Requirements of all providers -. substantive written materials education activities by members of the IBP Board of Governors. Approval of providers. are eligible to be approved providers. etc. that the activity meets the criteria of Section 2 of this Rule.. fallowing: SEC. accounting-tax or medical-legal) that enhance legal skills or the ability to practice law. subject matter and length of the activity. date. 4 . -. in accordance with a procedure to be established by the MCLE (b) Contain all information requested on the form. (c) The provider shall issue a record or certificate to all participants identifying the time.All approved providers shall agree to the Group. Good cause for exemption from or modification of requirement -. Rule 9. as physical disability. All providers of continuing legal education activities.Approval of providers shall be done by the (f) The provider shall maintain the completed Education Activity Evaluation Forms for a period of not less than one (1) year after the activity.Any person or . 3. these Rules.All continuing legal education activities must meet the following standards: (1) This activity has been approved for MCLE by the IBP in the amount of _______ hours of which ______ hours will apply in (legal ethics. the MCLE Committee.g. including cross profession activities (e. upon written application. 5. subject matter. -. MCLE Committee. Committee. Standards for all education activities. APPROVAL OF PROVIDERS SECTION 1. as well as subjects in legal writing and oral advocacy. The provider shall include Rule 8. Approval of MCLE program. the activity. compliance with or modification of any of the requirements. the time devoted to each topic and identity of the instructors. including an extension of time for compliance. (a) An official record verifying the attendance at the activity shall be maintained by the provider for at least four (4) years after the completion date. location. and length of the education activity. Change of status. (c) The activity shall be conducted by a provider with adequate professional experience. date. location. and (2) the provider is specifically mandated by law to provide continuing legal education. or must be distributed to all participants. The provider shall make available to each participant a copy of IBP-approved Education Activity Evaluation Form. STANDARDS FOR APPROVAL OF EDUCATION ACTIVITIES the member on the official record of attendance only if the member's signature was obtained at the time of attendance at the activity.group may be approved as a provider for a term of two (2) years. etc. SEC. illness. Application for approval shall: may file a verified request setting forth good cause for exemption (such. as appropriate to the content of (a) The activity shall have significant current intellectual or practical content. 4. 2. 2. Requirements for approval of providers. (d) The provider shall allow in-person observation of all approved continuing legal (d) Where the activity is more than one (1) hour in length. continuing legal education program may be granted approval in time. -.IBP pertaining to MCLE. (e) The provider shall indicate in promotional materials.A member providers. 2. copy furnished the IBP. (2) The activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by these Rules and such regulations as may be prescribed by the . (e) In-house education activities must be scheduled at a time and location so as to be free from interruption like telephone calls and other distractions.Subject to the rules as may be adopted contain the member's name and number in the Roll of Attorneys and shall identify the by the MCLE Committee. A copy of such either of two (2) ways: (1) the provider of the activity is an approved provider and certifies record shall be furnished the IBP. which may be renewed. (b) The provider shall certify that: SEC. 3. or 3 of this Rule and shall end on the same day as that of all other members in the same Compliance SEC. -.). including in-house SEC. proven expertise in-law. Such materials must be distributed at or before the designees of the Committee and IBP staff for purposes of monitoring compliance with time the activity is offered. the month in which a member ceases to be exempt under Sections 1. The official record of attendance shall SECTION 1.SEC. -. (b) Those who have retired from law practice with the approval of the IBP Board of Governors.
namely. Rule 10. SEC. 2. In excess of the number needed to satisfy the prior compliance period requirement may be counted toward meeting the current compliance period requirement. SECTION. Renewal of provider approval. CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE complete the card by attesting under oath that he has complied with the education requirement or that he is exempt. Committee a Compliance Card before the end of his compliance period. copy furnished the MCLE Committee. Member record keeping requirement. -. SHALL BE A CAUSE FOR LISTING AS A DELIQUENT MEMBER.Each member shall maintain comply with Section 2 of Rule 12 shall be listed as a delinquent member by the IBP sufficient record of compliance or exemption. Such SECTION 1. (e) Any other act or omission analogous to any of the foregoing or intended to circumvent or evade compliance with the MCLE requirements. NON-COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES including payment of non-compliance fee. Credit hours attained during the period of (a) Failure to complete the education requirement within the compliance period. -. What constitutes non-compliance.Each member shall secure from the MCLE the current compliance period requirement. in which case the excess hours may be counted toward meeting SECTION 1. 4. 60 DAYS FROM DATE OF NOTICE). GENERAL COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES requirement are earned. Non-compliance notice and 60-day period to attain compliance. for whatever reason. -. It may be denied if the provider fails to comply with any of the requirements of these Rules or fails to provide satisfactory education activities for the preceding period. 2. after notice and hearing and for good cause.A member failing to comply will receive a Non-Compliance Notice stating the specific deficiency and will be given sixty (60) days from the date of notification to explain the deficiency or otherwise show compliance with the requirements. -. -. SEC. non-compliance.A member who. is in nonCompliance Card must be returned to the address indicated therein no later than the day compliance at the end of the compliance period shall pay a non-compliance fee. of Rule 9 should be sufficient record of attendance at a participatory activity. He shall Rule 13.The involuntary listing as a delinquent member shall be terminated when the member provides proof of compliance with the MCLE requirement. A member may attain the necessary credit SECTION 1. SEC. as Chair. MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE (d) Failure to satisfy the education requirement and furnish evidence of such compliance within sixty (60) days from receipt of a non-compliance notice. Listing as delinquent member. Revocation of provider approval. a law 5 .The following shall constitute hours to meet the requirement for the period of non-compliance during the period the non-compliance: member is on inactive status. compliance. 2. -. -. as referred to in Rule 14. among other things. REINSTATEMENT Section 3 of Rule 5. SEC. a retired Justice of the Supreme Court. ACTIVITY AND PROVIDER APPROVAL FEE SECTION 1. upon YOUR FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE JUSTIFICATION FOR NON-COMPLIANCE OR PROOF OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE MCLE REQUIREMENT BY (INSERT DATE recommendation of the MCLE Committee. -. Credit hours earned during this period may only be counted toward compliance with the prior compliance period requirement unless hours in excess of the Rule 11. (c) Failure to provide satisfactory evidence of compliance (including evidence of exempt status) within the prescribed period. (b) Failure to provide attestation of compliance or exemption. specifying the nature of the exemption. Termination of delinquent listing administrative process.Application for approval of an education activity or The Member may use this period to attain the adequate number of credit hours for as a provider requires payment of an appropriate fee. 5. These credit hours may not be counted toward meeting the current compliance period requirement. -. the Philippine Judicial Academy. 2. Rule 12. Compliance card. A record of non-participatory activity shall also be maintained by the member. SECTION 1.Any member who fails to satisfactorily SEC. Such notice shall contain.(g) Any person or group who conducts an unauthorized activity under this program or issues a spurious certificate in violation of these Rules shall be subject to appropriate sanctions. -. Process. -.The approval of any provider referred to in Rule 9 may be revoked by a majority vote of the IBP Board of Governors. 1. Non-compliance fee.period. The Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the MCLE Committee. in which case record required to be provided to the members by the provider pursuant to Section 3(c) Rule 139-A of the Rules of Court shall apply. Payment of fees. after the end of the member's compliance. Rule 15.The approval of a provider may be renewed every two (2) years. Composition. the following language in capital letters: SEC.The termination of listing as a delinquent member is administrative in nature but it shall be made with notice and hearing by the MCLE Committee.The MCLE Committee shall be composed of five (5) members. and four (4) members respectively nominated by the IBP. -.
Scope. 2012 compensation as may be determined by the Court. reporting.This Rule shall be known as "The Rule on Mandatory Legal Aid Service. prescribe a schedule of MCLE fees with the approval of the Supreme Court. National Conciliation and 6 . Title. Purpose.center designated by the Supreme Court and associations of law schools and/or law professors. . 2000. civil. February 10. . auditing. criminal or administrative) involving indigent and pauper litigants where the assistance of a lawyer is needed. Staff of the IBP. SECTION 4. 2.The MCLE Committee shall administer and adopt such implementing rules as may be necessary subject to the approval by the Supreme Court. SEC. -. 3. . SECTION 3. operate and maintain the MCLE Proposed Rule of Mandatory Legal Aid Service for Practicing Lawyers. 2009 PROPOSED RULE ON MANDATORY LEGAL AID SERVICE FOR PRACTICING LAWYERS RESOLUTION Acting on the Memorandum dated January 27. Resolved to APPROVE the same. including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Commission. SEC.The IBP shall submit to the Supreme Comment of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on our Suggested Revisions to the Court an annual budget for a subsidy to establish. following its publication This Resolution shall take effect on July 1. in consultation with the IBP Board of Governors. Definition of Terms.This Rule seeks to enhance the duty of lawyers to society as agents of social change and to the courts as officers thereof by helping improve access to justice by the less privileged members of society and expedite the resolution of cases involving them. Corona re: SEC. -. It shall also govern the duty of other members of the legal profession to support the legal aid program of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. The members of the Committee shall be of proven probity and integrity.For purposes of this Rule: (a) Practicing lawyers are members of the Philippine Bar who appear for and in behalf of parties in courts of law and quasi-judicial agencies.M.This Rule shall govern the mandatory requirement for practicing lawyers to render free legal aid services in all cases (whether. Submission of annual budget. and its implementing regulations in at least two (2) newpapers of general circulation. -.shall employ such staff as may be necessary to perform the record-keeping. the Court Program. 4. It shall. Duty of the Committee. 2009 RULE ON MANDATORY LEGAL AID SERVICE SECTION 1. 2009 of Justice Renato C. nd Adopted this 22 day of August. Mandatory free legal service by members of the bar and their active support thereof will aid the efficient and effective administration of justice especially in cases involving indigent and pauper litigants. This resolution shall take effect on the first of October 2000. . 2009 following publication of the said Rule in two (2) newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines." SECTION 2. Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT Manila February 10. No. They shall be appointed by the Supreme Court for a term of three (3) years and shall receive such B. approval and other necessary functions.
7 . (a) Every practicing lawyer is required to render a minimum of sixty (60) hours of free legal aid services to indigent litigants in a year. (f) National Committee on Legal Aid (NCLA) is the committee of the IBP which is specifically tasked with handling legal aid cases. For this purpose. Said 60 hours shall be spread within a period of twelve (12) months. The term "practicing lawyers" shall exclude: (i) Government employees and incumbent elective officials not allowed by law to practice. (c) Legal aid cases are those actions. (ii) The number of hours actually spent attending a hearing or conducting trial on a particular case in the court or quasi-judicial body. (b) A practicing lawyer shall be required to secure and obtain a certificate from the Clerk of Court attesting to the number of hours spent rendering free legal aid services in a case. or an accredited mediator who conducted the court-annexed mediation proceeding. and controversies that are criminal. No. Services rendered when a practicing lawyer is appointed counsel de oficio shall also be considered as free legal aid services and credited as compliance under this Rule. It shall also cover assistance by a practicing lawyer to indigent or poor litigants in court-annexed mediation and in other modes of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). a practicing lawyer shall coordinate with the Clerk of Court for cases where he may render free legal aid service. Requirements. or a responsible officer of an accredited PO or NGO. The Local Government Unit of the City of Naga (G. disputes. the docket number of the said case(s) and the date(s) the service was rendered. SECTION 5. The term shall also include an officer holding a similar position in agencies exercising quasi-judicial functions. where it is necessary for the practicing lawyer to render legal aid service for more than five (5) hours in one month. The practicing lawyer shall report compliance with the requirement within ten (10) days of the last month of each quarter of the year. Section 19 of the Rules of Court andAlgura v. Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board and National Commission for Indigenous Peoples. civil and administrative in nature in whatever stage wherein indigent and pauper litigants need legal representation. 506 SCRA 81). (d) Free legal aid services refer to appearance in court or quasi-judicial body for and in behalf of an indigent or pauper litigant and the preparation of pleadings or motions. (e) Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is the official national organization of lawyers in the country. (ii) Lawyers who by law are not allowed to appear in court. (iii) Supervising lawyers of students enrolled in law student practice in duly accredited legal clinics of law schools and lawyers of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and peoples’ organizations (POs) like the Free Legal Assistance Group who by the nature of their work already render free legal aid to indigent and pauper litigants and (iv) Lawyers not covered under subparagraphs (i) to (iii) including those who are employed in the private sector but do not appear for and in behalf of parties in courts of law and quasi-judicial agencies. the excess hours may be credited to the said lawyer for the succeeding periods.Mediation Board. 30 October 2006.150135. (b) Indigent and pauper litigants are those defined under Rule 141. (h) IBP Chapters are those chapters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines located in the different geographical areas of the country as defined in Rule 139-A and (i) Clerk of Court is the Clerk of Court of the court where the practicing lawyer rendered free legal aid services. the IBP Legal Aid Chairperson of the IBP Chapter shall regularly and actively coordinate with the Clerk of Court.R. (g) Committee on Bar Discipline (CBD) is the committee of the IBP which is specifically tasked with disciplining members of the Bar. In the case of quasi-judicial bodies. it refers to an officer holding an equivalent or similar position. He may also coordinate with the IBP Legal Aid Chairperson of the IBP Chapter to inquire about cases where he may render free legal aid service. Department of Labor and Employment Regional Offices. The certificate shall contain the following information: (i) The case or cases where the legal aid service was rendered. with a minimum of five (5) hours of free legal aid services each month. However. the party or parties in the said case(s) for whom the service was rendered. In this connection.
The submission shall be made within forty-five (45) days after the mandatory submission of compliance reports by the practicing lawyers. manage and utilize the contributions and penalties that will be paid by lawyers pursuant to this Rule to effectively carry out the provisions of this Rule. (g) Before the end of a particular year. (d) The NCLA shall prepare the following forms: certificate to be issued by the Clerk of Court and forms mentioned in Section 5(e) and (g). they are employed with the government or incumbent elective officials not allowed by law to practice or lawyers who by law are not allowed to appear in court. (e) Practicing lawyers shall indicate in all pleadings filed before the courts or quasi-judicial bodies the number and date of issue of their certificate of compliance for the immediately preceding compliance period. The accounting shall be included by the IBP in its report to the Supreme Court in connection with its request for the release of the subsidy for its legal aid program. The IBP Chapter shall also submit the compliance reports to the IBP’s NCLA for recording and documentation. Failure to disclose the required information would cause the dismissal of the case and the expunction of the pleadings from the records. Penalties. (iv) A motion (except a motion for extension of time to file a pleading or for postponement of hearing or conference) or pleading filed on a particular case shall be considered as one (1) hour of service. shall fill up a form prepared by the NCLA which states that. any practicing lawyer who fails to meet the minimum prescribed 60 hours of legal aid service each year shall be 8 . SECTION 6. The form shall be sworn to and submitted to the IBP Chapter or IBP National Office together with the payment of an annual contribution of Four Thousand Pesos (P4. (c) The NCLA shall act as the national repository of records in compliance with this Rule. Said contribution shall accrue to a special fund of the IBP for the support of its legal aid program. The Legal Aid Chairperson shall then be tasked with immediately verifying the contents of the certificate with the issuing Clerk of Court by comparing the copy of the certificate attached to the compliance report with the copy retained by the Clerk of Court. issue a compliance certificate to the concerned lawyer.000) for that year which amount shall also accrue to the special fund for the legal aid program of the IBP. they have served as supervising lawyers in a legal clinic or actively participated in the NGO’s or PO’s free legal aid activities. (a) At the end of every calendar year. after verification. they are neither practicing lawyers nor covered by Section (4)(a)(i) to (iii). Said contribution shall accrue to a special fund of the IBP for the support of its legal aid program. The Clerk of Court shall issue the certificate in triplicate. For this purpose. NCLA. conciliation or any other mode of ADR on a particular case. one (1) copy to be retained by the Clerk of Court and one (1) copy to be attached to the lawyer's compliance report. (e) The NCLA shall hold in trust. SECTION 7. (a) The NCLA shall coordinate with the various legal aid committees of the IBP local chapters for the proper handling and accounting of legal aid cases which practicing lawyers can represent. during that year. one (1) copy to be retained by the practicing lawyer. during that year. lawyers covered by the category under Section 4(a)(iv) shall fill up a form prepared by the NCLA which states that.000).(iii) The number of hours actually spent attending mediation. during that year. (f) Before the end of a particular year. (c) Said compliance report shall be submitted to the Legal Aid Chairperson of the IBP Chapter within the court’s jurisdiction. (h) Before the end of a particular year. (b) The NCLA shall monitor the activities of the Chapter of the Legal Aid Office with respect to the coordination with Clerks of Court on legal aid cases and the collation of certificates submitted by practicing lawyers. The form shall be sworn to and submitted to the IBP Chapter or IBP National Office together with the payment of an annual contribution of Two Thousand Pesos (P2. (d) The IBP Chapter shall. lawyers covered by the category under Section 4(a)(i) and (ii). it shall annually submit an accounting to the IBP Board of Governors. lawyers covered by the category under Section 4(a)(iii) shall secure a certification from the director of the legal clinic or of the concerned NGO or PO to the effect that. The certification shall be submitted to the IBP Chapter or IBP National Office. (i) Failure to pay the annual contribution shall subject the lawyer to a penalty of Two Thousand Pesos (P2.000) by way of support for the efforts of practicing lawyers who render mandatory free legal aid services.
.A lawyer who renders mandatory legal aid service for the required number of hours in a year for the three year-period covered by a compliance period under the Rules on MCLE shall be credited the following: two (2) credit units for legal ethics. Credit for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).000) penalty which shall accrue to the special fund for the legal aid program of the IBP.required by the IBP. SECTION 9. is hereby given authority to recommend implementing regulations in determining who are "practicing lawyers. A lawyer who renders mandatory legal aid service for the required number of hours in a year for at least two consecutive years within the three year-period covered by a compliance period under the Rules on MCLE shall be credited the following: one (1) credit unit for legal ethics. to explain why he was unable to render the minimum prescribed number of hours. Rule 2 of the Rules on MCLE. Provided. . lawyer due process in accordance with the rules of the CBD and Rule 139-B of the Rules of Court. . During the said period. the said implementing regulations shall be transmitted to the Supreme Court for final approval. upon approval by the IBP Board of Governors. Implementing Rules. (e) The falsification of a certificate or any contents thereof by any Clerk of Court or by any Chairperson of the Legal Aid Committee of the IBP local chapter where the case is pending or by the Director of a legal clinic or responsible officer of an NGO or PO shall be a ground for an administrative case against the said Clerk of Court or Chairperson. Effectivity. in case he did not submit a compliance report.2009 after they have been published in two (2) newspapers of general circulation. Rule 2 of the Rules on MCLE. Notice thereof shall be furnished the erring lawyer and the IBP Chapter which submitted the lawyer’s compliance report or the IBP Chapter where the lawyer is registered. It shall coordinate with the various legal chapters in the crafting of the proposed implementing regulations and. (d) Any lawyer who falsifies a certificate or any form required to be submitted under this Rule or any contents thereof shall be administratively charged with falsification and dishonesty and shall be subject to disciplinary action by the CBD. If found administratively liable. two (2) credit units for trial and pretrial skills. two (2) credit units for legal writing and oral advocacy. (b) The "not in good standing" declaration shall be effective for a period of three (3) months from the receipt of the erring lawyer of the notice from the IBP Board of Governors. If no explanation has been given or if the NCLA finds the explanation unsatisfactory. through the NCLA. the IBP Board of Governors shall declare the erring lawyer as a member not in good standing. through the NCLA. one (1) credit unit for trial and pretrial skills. however. Upon approval of the NCLA’s recommendation." what constitute "legal aid cases" and what administrative procedures and financial safeguards which may be necessary and proper in the implementation of this rule may be prescribed. This is without prejudice to the filing of criminal charges against the lawyer. and jurisprudence and six (6) credit units for such subjects as may be prescribed by the MCLE Committee under Section 2(9). two (2) credit units for alternative dispute resolution. four (4) credit units for legal writing and oral advocacy. the penalty of suspension in the practice of law for one (1) year shall be imposed upon him. SECTION 8. that the "not in good standing" status shall subsist even after the lapse of the three-month period until and unless the penalty shall have been paid. The notice to the lawyer shall include a directive to pay Four Thousand Pesos (P4.The IBP. the lawyer cannot appear in court or any quasi-judicial body as counsel. the NCLA shall make a report and recommendation to the IBP Board of Governors that the erring lawyer be declared a member of the IBP who is not in good standing.This Rule and its implementing rules shall take effect on July instituted motu proprio by the CBD. two (2) credit units for substantive and procedural laws and jurisprudence and three (3) credit units for such subjects as may be prescribed by the MCLE Committee under Section 2(g). This is without prejudice to the filing of the criminal and administrative charges against the malfeasor. (c) Any lawyer who fails to comply with his duties under this Rule for at least three (3) consecutive years shall be the subject of disciplinary proceedings to be SECTION 10. four (4) credit units for substantive and procedural laws 9 . The said proceedings shall afford the erring 1. one (1) credit unit for alternative dispute resolution.
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