2018 Bar passers to take oath on June 13 at PICC

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2019   •   2519

The 2016 Bar Exams passers taking oath

MANILA, Philippines – The successful 2018 Bar takers are set to take their oaths as new lawyers of the Philippines on June 13, the Supreme Court (SC) announced on Tuesday (May 7).

In its website, the SC said the oath-taking will take place at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Signing in the Roll of Attorneys will start on June 14.

The SC last Friday released the list of law graduates who successfully passed the 2018 Bar exams.

READ: SC releases list of 2018 Bar exam passers

Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University topped the Bar, along with the graduates from the University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines and De La Salle University-Manila.

The SC said 22.07 percent or 1,800 of the 8,155 examinees passed the 2018 Bar exams. This is slightly lower compared with the 25.55 percent who passed the Bar exams in 2017.

In line with the upcoming oathtaking ceremony, the High Court reminded the Bar passers to secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC).

“The Supreme Court today reminded all successful 2018 Bar examinees to promptly secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) in time for their June 13, 2019 oathtaking at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC),” it said.

The SC said the Bar passers only have until June 10 to secure their clearances, the process of which started on Tuesday (May 7).  

“The High Court, through the OBC, said that the successful Bar examinees have only until June 10, 2019, Monday, as the new deadline to secure their clearances from the OBC,” the SC said.

“They are directed to prepare P6,050 (P3,850 for oath fees and P2,200 for Integrated Bar of the Philippines [IBP] dues, including building fund). For clearance, each is advised to bring three (3) valid identification cards (IDs): one for security and the two for presentation to the OBC,” it added.

The 2018 Bar exams, which was the 117th held in the country, was conducted at the University of Santo Tomas last November.

A total of 8,155 law graduates took the 2018 Bar exams, the highest so far in the history of the Bar exams.

Next Bar exams will be held in November 2021, Supreme Court says

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The next Bar examinations will be scheduled in November 2021, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.

In a bulletin posted on its Twitter account, Bar Examinations chairperson, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the examination periods and venues for the next licensure test for aspiring lawyers will be announced in a separate bulletin.

It can be recalled that the high court postponed this year’s Bar exams “due to increasing number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the prevailing quarantine protocols all over nation, and the continuing uncertainty.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the SC traditionally holds the Bar examinations in November of every year and announces the results either in April or May the following year.

Transfer of detainees to local jails or BuCor suspended until Sept. 30 – SC

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020

The Supreme Court’s Office of the Court Administrator announced that it has extended the suspension of issuance of commitment order for the transfer of newly-arrested individuals to local jail units or of convicted persons to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

In a new circular posted on SC’s social media account, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said the two circulars suspending the commitment orders for the transfer of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to different jail facilities are extended until September 30.

Marquez said the extension is in consideration of the different levels of community quarantine still being enforced in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SC earlier said the suspension of the issuance of commitment orders for newly-arrested or convicted inmates will last until August 31 to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to minimize the movement of inmates.

In the first circular, the SC said newly-arrested persons should remain in the custody of local police units unless local Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) jail units are already able to admit newly-arrested persons.

The second circular, meanwhile, states that all convicted PDLs who should have been transferred to the BuCor should remain in the facilities of the BJMP.

Detained persons awaiting or facing trials are placed under the custody of the BJMP while those convicted are under the BuCor.

Both the BuCor and the BJMP have recorded cases of COVID-19 in their facilities with reported fatalities.

Cebu City designated as regional site for next bar exams

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The city government has been designated as a regional site for the next bar examinations.

According to a notice from the Supreme Court en banc issued Thursday (August 13), the proposal to have a regional site for the next bar examinations was received favorably by the law school deans who have expressed their full support.

In a February 2020 survey conducted by the Philippine Association of Law Schools, 89 percent of the respondents were in favor of a regional site for the next bar examinations, preferably Cebu City.

For the SC, regionalization is crucial now more than ever, what with the anti-coronavirus restrictions that have limited movement between provinces.

The bar exams in Manila shall be held at the University of Santo Tomas, while the final venue in Cebu City will be announced at a later date.

Law graduates coming from Visayas and Mindanao have the option to take the test either in Manila or in Cebu City.

Expect the bar application fees to increase, to cover the costs of a regional examination site.

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