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5. Sanctions imposed by the Supreme Court on erring members of the judiciary

a. SANCTIONS

1) Serious charge

1) Dismissal from the service, forfeiture of all or part of the benefits as the Court may determine, and disqualification from reinstatement or appointment to any public office, including government-owned or controlled corporations. Provided, however, that the forfeiture of benefits shall in no case include accrued leave credits;

2) Suspension from office without salary and other benefits for more than three (3) but not exceeding six (6) months; or

3) A fine of more than P20,000.00 but not exceeding P40,000.00. (Section 11[A], A.M. No. 01-08-SC)

2) Less serious charge

1) Suspension from office without salary and other benefits for not less than one (1) nor more than three (3) months; or

2) A fine of more than P10,000.00 but not exceeding P20,000.00. (Section 11[B], Ibid.)

3) Light charge

1) A fine of not less than P1,000.00 but not exceeding P10,000.00 and/or

2) Censure;

3) Reprimand;

4) Admonition with warning. (Section 11[C], Ibid.)

b. CONFIDENTIALITY OF PROCEEDINGS

Proceedings against Judges of regular and special courts and Justices of the Court of Appeals and the Sandiganbayan shall be private and confidential, but a copy of the decision or resolution of the court shall be attached to the record of the respondent in the Office of the Court Administrator. (Section 12, Ibid.)

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