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LEGAL ETHICS CASE DIGESTS

CANONS 11-12 Rule 12.03 - A lawyer shall not, after obtaining extensions of time to file pleadings, memoranda or
briefs, let the period lapse without submitting the same or offering an explanation for his failure to
CANON 11 - A LAWYER SHALL OBSERVE AND MAINTAIN THE RESPECT DUE TO THE do so.
COURTS AND TO JUDICIAL OFFICERS AND SHOULD INSIST ON SIMILAR CONDUCT BY
OTHERS. 1. Achacoso v. Court of Appeals 51 SCRA 424

1. Zaldivar v. Gonzales 166 SCRA 316 Rule 12.04 - A lawyer shall not unduly delay a case, impede the execution of a judgment or misuse
2. In re Sotto 82 Phil 595 (1949) Court processes.
3. Guerrero v. Villamor, GR nos. 82238-42, 13 Novv 1989, 179 SCRA 355
4. (1989) 1. Malonzo v. Principe, AC No. 6289, 16 Dec 2004, 447 SCRA 1 (2004)
5. Wicker v. Arcangel 252 SCRA 445 2. Saa v. IBP-CBD, GR No. 132826, 3 Sept 2009
6. Francisco, Jr. v. UEM-MARA Philippines Corp. 3. Plus Builders, Inc. v. Revilla, Jr., AC No. 7056, 11 Feb 2009

Rule 11.01 - A lawyer shall appear in court properly attired. Rule 12.05 - A lawyer shall refrain from talking to his witness during a break or recess in the trial,
while the witness is still under examination.
Rule 11.02 - A lawyer shall punctually appear at court hearings.

Rule 11.03 - A lawyer shall abstain from scandalous, offensive or menacing language or behavior Rule 12.06 - A lawyer shall not knowingly assist a witness to misrepresent himself or to
before the Courts. impersonate another.

1. Montecillo v. Gica 60 SCRA 235 Rule 12.07 - A lawyer shall not abuse, browbeat or harass a witness nor needlessly inconvenience
2. Sangalang v. IAC 177 SCRA 87 him.
3. In re Almacen, GR No. L-27654, 18 Feb 1970, 31 SCRA 562 (1970)
4. Soriano and Padilla v. CA, GR No. 100633 and GR No. 101550, 28 Aug 2001, 363 1. PD1829 Penalizing Obstruction of Justice
SCRA 275 (2001)
5. Lacurom v. Jacoba, AC No. 5921, 10 Mar 2006, 484 SCRA 206 (2006) Rule 12.08 - A lawyer shall avoid testifying in behalf of his client, except:

Rule 11.04 - A lawyer shall not attribute to a Judge motives not supported by the record or have (a) on formal matters, such as the mailing, authentication or custody of an instrument, and
no materiality to the case. the like; or
(b) on substantial matters, in cases where his testimony is essential to the ends of justice,
1. In re: Aguas 1 Phil. 1 in which event he must, during his testimony, entrust the trial of the case to another
2. Judge Cervantes v. Atty. Sabio AC No. 7828; August 11, 2008 counsel.

Rule 11.05 - A lawyer shall submit grievances against a Judge to the proper authorities only. 1. PNB v. Uy Teng Piao, GR No. 35252, 21 Oct 1932, 57 Phil 337 91932)
2. Santiago v. Rafanan 440 SCRA 91
1. Constitution, Art. VIII, sec. 6
2. Maceda v. Vasquez, GR No. 102781, 22 Apr 1993, 221 SCRA 464 (1993)

CANON 12 - A LAWYER SHALL EXERT EVERY EFFORT AND CONSIDER IT HIS DUTY TO
ASSIST IN THE SPEEDY AND EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.

1. Rule 138 sec. 20 (g) Rules of Court


2. Constitution, Art. III, sec. 16

Rule 12.01 - A lawyer shall not appear for trial unless he has adequately prepared himself on the
law and the facts of his case, the evidence he will adduce and the order of its proferrence. He
should also be ready with the original documents for comparison with the copies.

Rule 12.02 - A lawyer shall not file multiple actions arising from the same cause.

1. Garcia v. Francisco AC No. 3923; March 30, 1993

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