Category Archives: Judicial and Legal Ethics

The sheriff is required to secure the court’s prior approval of the estimated expenses and fees needed to implement the court process

Accordingly, the OCA gave the following recommendation: (1)         the matter be RE-DOCKETED as a regular administrative complaint against Archibald C. Verga, Sheriff IV, Regional Trial Court, Branch 33, Butuan City;  and (2)       that respondent Sheriff Verga be found GUILTY of … Continue reading

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Court personnel shall not be required to perform any work or duty outside the scope of their assigned job description

Section 7, Canon IV of the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel10 expressly states that court personnel shall not be required to perform any work outside the scope of their job description, thus: Sec. 7. Court personnel shall not be … Continue reading

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What constitute gross ignorance of the law?

To constitute gross ignorance of the law, it is not enough that the subject decision, order or actuation of respondent judge in the performance of her official duties is contrary to existing law and jurisprudence but, most importantly, she must … Continue reading

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A judge cannot take refuge behind the inefficiency or mismanagement by court personnel.

Judge De Vera would do well to keep in mind that “[a] judge should organize and supervise the court personnel to ensure the prompt and efficient dispatch of business, and require at all times the observance of high standards of … Continue reading

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Disciplinary proceedings against a judge are not complementary or suppletory to, nor a substitute for these judicial remedies whether ordinary or extraordinary.

Complainants should also bear in mind that an administrative complaint is not the appropriate remedy for every irregular or erroneous order or decision issued by a judge where a judicial remedy is available, such as a motion for reconsideration, an … Continue reading

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Employees of the Judiciary should observe punctuality in reporting to work.

Employees of the Judiciary should observe punctuality in reporting to work. Tardiness, if habitual, prejudices the efficiency of the service being rendered by the Judiciary to the people, and cannot be tolerated. Thus, we sanction certain administrative employees of the … Continue reading

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