Lawyer suspended anew for representing husband

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The Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer for representing her lawyer husband who was also suspended by the court. The high court warned lawyers that when it orders a member of the bar suspended from the practice of law, “the lawyer must desist from performing all functions requiring the application of legal knowledge within the period of suspension,” even if that legal helping hand is for a family member. In the March 11, 2015 ruling of the high court, Atty. Carmelita Bautista-Lozada was suspended for six months. She was warned her the commission of a offence will warrant a more severe penalty. She had been suspended before for two years by the Court on December 13, 2005. The SC said that she could not practice law from 2006 to 2008. But while serving her suspension, she appeared as counsel for her husband on June 5, 2007. She actively participated in the proceedings by signing her name as one of the counsels and the transcript of stenographic notes showed that she conducted direct and cross-examinations of the witnesses during the trial. Under Section 27, Rule 138 of the Revised Rules of Court, as amended, willful disobedience to any lawful order of a superior court is a ground for disbarment or suspension from the practice of law.

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