IBP calls on lawyers to continue free legal aid

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By James Hernandez

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has appealed to lawyers to continue to provide free legal aid to the less fortunate.

The IBP made the call after the Supreme Court (SC) suspended the rule which required new lawyers to render free legal service to the poor.

“Let us be proud and carry on our valued tradition of free legal aid. Let us help build a nation at peace through justice for all,” IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa urged in a statement.

Last Sept. 17, the SC announced that it has suspended the implementation of Community Legal Aid Service (CLAS) Rule which required new lawyers to provide free legal aid.

The high court made the suspension due to the implementation of the Revised Student Practice Rule, among other reasons.

“With the recent suspension of the CLAS by the Supreme Court, your IBP will continue supporting and guiding lawyers who may wish to help our less fortunate countrymen,” Cayosa said.

“We will work with you in the true spirit of volunteerism so that those who have less in life may possibly have more in law,” he added.

On the other hand, he also thanked “all new Filipino lawyers as well as their mentors and supervisors who shared their time, talent, and resources to serve in the CLAS.”

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