MCLE Compliance in Entry of Appearance and Pleadings (Bar Matter No. 850)

[The Supreme Court issued a Resolution dated 17 February 2015 (full text below), which is effective 1 March 2015, requiring all counsels, including partners of law firms whose names appear in the said pleadings, to indicate their MCLE exemption or compliance number. Does this mean that if one signatory is non-compliant, even if the other co-signatories are MCLE compliant, the court can disregard/dismiss the pleading/motion?]

B.M. No. 850 (Re: Rules on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for Active Members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines). — Acting on the Letter dated January 13, 2015 of Hon. Bernardo P. Pardo, Chairperson, MCLE Governing Board, submitting for the Court’s approval the MCLE Governing Board Resolution No. 007-2014, the Court Resolved to REQUIRE all members of the Integrated of the Philippines to file a written entry of appearance indicating their MCLE exemption or compliance number for the current or immediately preceding compliance period and date of issuance thereof before appearing as counsel or engaging in oral argument in open court or before a quasi-judicial body. However, counsels who affixed their signature in their pleadings and indicated their MCLE exemption or compliance number in their pleadings need not file a separate entry of appearance. Henceforth, all counsels, including partners of law firms whose names appear in the said pleadings, shall also indicate their MCLE exemption or compliance number.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *