Supreme Court to publish names of lawyers who fail to meet continuing education requirements

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2019 08:20 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court has authorized the publication of the list of lawyers who have not met the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements.

In a resolution dated October 8, the Supreme Court en banc approved a resolution of the MCLE governing board, which allows the publication of the list of non-compliant lawyers on at least two newspapers of general circulation.

The non-compliant lawyers will then be given 60 days from the date of publication to provide proof of compliance. If they fail to do so, they will be considered as delinquent and shall not be permitted to practice law.

The Supreme Court en banc also approved a resolution of the MCLE Governing Board to automatically exempt all incumbent and retired members of the judiciary from complying with MCLE requirements beginning with the seventh compliance.

Those exempt would no longer be required to file attestations of exemptions. 

The MCLE office shall also automatically issue certificates of exemption to all incumbent and retired members of the judiciary starting on the seventh compliance period and every compliance period thereafter based on records submitted by the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA).

Under SC’s Bar Matter No. 850, lawyers are required to attend at least 36 hours of continuing legal education every 3 years.

Lawyers who fail to comply shall pay a non-compliance fee at the end of the compliance period.

If they fail to justify their non-compliance, they will be listed as a delinquent member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and subject to its disciplinary power.

- with a report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News