Results of the 2014 Bar examinations will be known on Thursday, March 26.
According to well-placed sources of The Manila Times, the Supreme Court (SC) will have its special en banc session on Thursday to determine the passing percentage.
The sources said justices will discuss whether to maintain 75 percent as the passing rate or lower it in order to increase the number of Bar passers this year.
According to them, the number of successful examinees may reach around 20 percent or higher depending on what the SC justices will agree upon after their deliberations.
The Bar exams were held on October 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the University of Santo Tomas in Espana, Manila, and were overseen by SC Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, known as the “Guillotine Judge.”
Peralta seemed to have cemented his “reputation” as “Guillotine Judge” when, as a Sandiganbayan justice, he convicted then-President Joseph Estrada for the crime of plunder.
Bar takers said they consider the 2014 examinations fair and reasonable.
They added that the killer subjects were Criminal Law and Remedial Law, which happen to be the forte of Justice Peralta, a criminal law expert.
According to Bar confidant Cristina Layusa, 6,344 examinees took the 2014 Bar examinations.
The SC has also adopted innovations to protect the integrity of the examinations by using, for instance, barcodes for the first time in 113 years.
Examination booklets had barcodes with corresponding stickers bearing the names of examinees placed on their assigned seats.
This innovation replaced the use of name cards.
The examinations covered Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.
In the 2013 Bar exams, 1,174 law students passed, or 22.18 percent out of 5,292 examinees.