Friday 17 February 2012

Legal Ethics, Neglect of Duty

An order or resolution of the Court is not to be construed as a mere request which could be complied with partially, inadequately or selectively. To do so shows disrespect to the Court.

Without the least delay, every court officer or employee is duty bound to obey the orders and processes of the Court and to exercise at all times a high degree of professionalism.

Respondent, being a clerk of court, has the duty to immediately deposit the various funds he collects because he is not authorized to keep them in his custody. He failed in his duty, however.

Delay in depositing funds collected constitutes simple neglect of duty[18] which, under Section 52 (B) (1) of the Uniform Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, is penalized with suspension for one month and one day to six months on the first offense, and dismissal for the second offense. It appearing that this is respondent’s first offense for simple neglect of duty, he faces suspension for one month and one day.
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