DOJ stops collecting legal fees

BAGUIO CITY – the collection of legal fees entire the country has been terminated.

This was revealed by Deputy City Prosecutor Gloria Agunos April 25 after receiving a directive from Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima to stop collections.

'The office received the communication at 4:45 pm of April 25 and we immediately followed', Agunos said.

Under Republic Act 9279, legal fees will be collected from clients for cases and documents filed with the Prosecution Offices of the country.

The Circular revoked the implementation of DOJ Circular No. 42 which defined the fees paid by clients when transacting business with the office of the Prosecution Service.

The circular reads, 'it appearing that 100% of the basic salary of prosecutors under RA No. 6758 has already been reached, Section 20 of RA No. 10071 mandates that fees authorized to be collected under RA No. 9279 shall no longer be collected'.

Assessments Clerks and collection officers were ordered to 'cease and desist' from assessing and collecting legal fees effective immediately.

It can be recalled that collection of legal fees has been questioned by lawyers during its initial implementation. 

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