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4. Exemptions

a. EXEMPTED FROM MCLE

The following members of the Bar are exempt from the MCLE requirement:

1) The President and the Vice President of the Philippines, and the Secretaries and Undersecretaries of Executive Departments;

2) Senators and Members of the House of Representatives;

3) The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, incumbent and retired members of the judiciary, incumbent members of the Judicial and Bar Council and incumbent court lawyers covered by the Philippine Judicial Academy program of continuing judicial education;

4) The Chief State Counsel, Chief State Prosecutor and Assistant Secretaries of the Department of Justice;

5) The Solicitor General and the Assistant Solicitors General;

6) The Government Corporate Counsel, Deputy and Assistant Government Corporate Counsel;

7) The Chairmen and Members of the Constitutional Commissions;

8) The Ombudsman, the Overall Deputy Ombudsman, the Deputy Ombudsman and the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Ombudsman;

9) Heads of government agencies exercising quasi-judicial functions;

10) Incumbent deans, bar reviewers and professors of law who have teaching experience for at least ten (10) years in accredited law schools;

11) The Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and members of the Corps of Professors and Professorial Lecturers of the Philippine Judicial Academy; and

12) Governors and Mayors. (Section 1, Rule 7, Ibid.)

b. OTHER PARTIES EXEMPTED FROM MCLE

The following Members of the Bar are likewise exempt:

1) Those who are not in law practice, private or public; and

2) Those who have retired from law practice with the approval of the IBP Board of Governors. (Section 2, Rule 7, Ibid.)

c. GOOD CAUSE FOR EXEMPTION

A member may file a verified request setting forth good cause for exemption (such as physical disability, illness, post graduate study abroad, proven expertise in law, etc.) from compliance with or modification of any of the requirements, including an extension of time for compliance, in accordance with a procedure to be established by the MCLE Committee. (Section 3, Rule 7, Ibid.)

d. CHANGE OF STATUS

The compliance period shall begin on the first day of the month in which a member ceases to be exempt under Sections 1, 2, or 3 of this Rule and shall end on the same day as that of all other members in the same Compliance Group. (Section 4, Rule 7, Ibid.)

e. PROOF OF EXEMPTION

Applications for exemption from or modification of the MCLE requirement shall be under oath and supported by documents. (Section 2, Rule 12, Ibid.)

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