Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta reminded all judges and court personnel to observe proper conduct and office attire while in court.
In his memorandum order dated Feb. 3, Peralta directed judges and court personnel in first and second level courts to “strictly comply” with Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) circular “which, among others, reiterates the mandatory observance of proper office attire.”
“Failure to comply with any of the above shall be a ground for appropriate disciplinary action,” warned the chief justice.
The chief justice explained he issued the order in response to “persistent reports and personal observation that some judges and court personnel do not observe proper conduct and office attire while in court…”
In his order, Peralta reminded, among others, the wearing of business attire at all times; wearing of identification cards; wearing of closed formal shoes except for females who may wear mules, sling-back and peep toe shoes; and skirts should be at least knee length.
Men are also prohibited from sporting long and unkempt hair as well as wearing earings and body ornaments.
“In addition, judges are ordered to strictly implement the proper attire of lawyers appearing before the courts and should not hesitate to use their power to discipline erring lawyers appearing before them,” Peralta said.
Peralta reminded judges that they should always “maintain order and decorum in all proceedings before the court” and “must observe decorum by acting with dignity and courtesy to all those present in the courtroom.”
He added that their behaviour and conduct “must reaffirm the people’s faith in the integrity of the judiciary.”
“They are ‘visible representation[s] of the law…[and] must behave, at all times, in such a manner that [their] conduct, official or otherwise, can withstand the most searching public scrutiny,” Peralta said.