SC Increases Fines Imposed on Disciplined Judges

May 26, 2021

The Supreme Court has approved the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator to increase the fines to be imposed on disciplined judges.

The Amendments to the Fines Provided in Rule 140 of the Revised Rules of Court shall be effective on May 31, 2021.

Pursuant to A.M. No. 21-03-17-SC, a respondent found guilty of serious charge may be dismissed or suspended and slapped with “a fine of more than P100,000 but not exceeding P200,000” instead of “a fine of more than P20,000 but not exceeding P40,000.”

If the respondent is guilty of a less serious charge, the same may be suspended and fined “not less than P35,000 but not exceeding P100,000” instead of “a fine of more than P10,000 but not exceeding P20,000.”

In cases when a respondent is found guilty of a light charge, the same may be fined “not less than P1,000 but not exceeding P35,000” and/or be sanctioned with censure, reprimand, or admonition with warning. The fine previously imposed was “not less than P1,000 but not exceeding P10,000” under Rule 140.

READ FULL TEXT: https://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/18730/