• 2013 Shari’ah bar passers sign roster of attorneys

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    DESPITE reports that questions for the 2013 Shari’ah bar examinations were leaked, the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled to allow all the successful examinees to sign the Roll of Attorneys before the Bar Confidant on May 14, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    In a full court ruling dated April 22, 2014, the SC resolved “with the exception of the three (3) children of Judge Samanoden L. Ampaso, namely: Aquil M. Ampaso, Hebah M. Ampaso, and Zohair M. Ampaso, to allow all the successful examinees . . . to sign the Roll of Attorneys . . . at the Training Room, Ground Floor, Centennial Building, Supreme Court, Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, provided no other prohibition exists to prevent it.”

    During the regular sessions of the court en banc on March 11, 2014, several letters were brought to the attention of the full tribunal containing serious allegations of irregularity in the behavior of certain examinees as well as irregularities in the conduct of the 13th Shari’ah Bar Examinations.

    The SC said the gravity of the allegations was sufficient to convince the court to inquire more deeply into the matter. It formed a committee to ascertain the veracity of the allegations contained in the letters or complaints.

    The court revealed that it appeared that the three Ampasos may have received undue advantage in the bar examinations questions in several subjects, days before the scheduled examination.

    “With respect to Judge Kaudri L. Jainul and [Judge Ampaso], the Office of the Court Administrator is directed to conduct further investigation on the alleged leaked in the 13th Shari’ah Bar Examinations to determine administrative liability, if there is any, to be docketed as a regular administrative matter,” the ruling, signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal.

    The court said: “With respect to [the Ampasos], considering that they have taken their Oath as Counselors, the Office of the Bar Confidant is directed to conduct further investigation on the alleged leakage in the [exams], to be docketed as a regular bar matter for possible sanction under the premises.”

    The high tribunal also directed the Bar Confidant “to submit the proposed guidelines/rules for the Shari’ah Bar Examinations within thirty (30) days from notice of th[e]resolution.”

    Aside from last year’s irregularities, the court is also investigating the alleged leakage in the 2014 Shariah bar examinations.

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