24 November 2022

DivinaLaw Managing Partner Atty. Nilo T. Divina was invited to share his comments on the proposed Code of Professional Responsibility & Accountability (CPRA) in a forum organized by the Supreme Court (SC), the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), and the Philippine Bar Association (PBA). Held at the De La Salle University Tañada-Diokno College of Law Rufino Campus, the forum featured Managing Partners from some of the top law firms in the country. SC Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, chair of the Subcommittee on the Revision of the Code of Professional Responsibility, and her co-chair, Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh opened the discussion.

“The canons of the Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR) has governed our conduct, speech, writings, choices, and ways of life both in our professional and legal lives for the past 34 years or so,” said Justice Lazaro-Javier.

“But it is time to recognize that the world and society have greatly changed since 34 years ago. Hence, we need to overhaul the provisions of the CPR in the name of relevance and responsiveness in synchrony with the present times, especially in terms of technology and the diversity in our relationships and core beliefs, among others.”