Thursday, March 24, 2011

To the society, to the legal profession, to the courts and to the clients

A bar passer can only be completely declared as a lawyer after taking his oath and signing the roll.
In the oath, a lawyer pledge to maintain allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines, support the Constitution and obey the laws as well as the legal orders of the duly constituted authorities. Another promise is not to delay any case for money or malice…with good fidelity to the courts, to the clients without mental reservation…

It is to emphasize that a lawyer has the duty to the society, to the legal profession, to the courts and to his client.
Lawyer must be reminded that in the exercise of his vocation, it is not only his client's interest is important but more to the society as well as to the courts….to say that lawyers must at all times uphold and respect the law…is to state the obvious..

Law is a noble profession, and the privilege to practice it is bestowed only upon individuals who are competent intellectually, academically and equally important, morally. Because they are vanguards of the law, and the legal system, lawyers must at all times conduct themselves, especially in their dealings with their clients, and the public at large, with honesty and integrity in a manner beyond reproach (Victoriano O. Resurreccion vs. Atty. Ciriaco Sayson)

Therefore, in defending a client during senate investigation (in aid of legislation), the lawyer’s duty to the society, to the legal profession and to the courts must prevail against the interest of his clients…Lawyers should not always advise the client to always invoke his right against self-incrimination and the right of privacy, much more if the question being asked is just to get information in aid of legislation…such right should not be literally abused…the practice of law is only a privilege…  

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