For those who have not complied with the requirements for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), here’s an “incentive” to act really fast. The Supreme Court issued Bar Matter No. 1922 dated 3 June 2008 (published today, 26 June 2008, in the Manila Bulletin), which reads in full:
Bar Matter No. 1922. – Re: Recommendation of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board to Indicate in All Pleadings Filed with the Courts the Counsel’s MCLE Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Exemption. – The Court Resolved to NOTE the Letter, dated May 2, 2008, of Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura, Chairperson, Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters, informing the Court of the diminishing interest of the members of the Bar in the MCLE requirement program.
Court further Resolved, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters, to REQUIRE practicing members of the bar to INDICATE in all pleadings filed before the courts or quasi-judicial bodies, the number and date of issue of their MCLE Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Exemption, as may be applicable, for the immediately preceding compliance period. Failure to disclose the required information would cause the dismissal of the case and the expunction of the pleadings from the records.
The New Rule shall take effect sixty (60) days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.”
This is already a requirement in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), which, in our experience, is strict in enforcing it. Update: Compliance extended to 1 January 2009. Please see full text here.