SC eyes bar exams in Visayas, Mindanao

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THE Supreme Court en banc is looking into the possibility of holding the bar examinations in Visayas and Mindanao.

The High Court got a request from Cebu City Sangguniang Panglungsod, which passed a resolution proposing for the holding of the bar examinations outside Metro Manila for the convenience of those coming from the southern part of the country.

In a one-page resolution dated November 19, 2013 but was released to the media recently, the High Court justices referred the matter to the Committee on Bar Examinations upon the recommendation of the Office of the Bar Confidant headed by lawyer Cristina Layusa.

“The Court Resolved, upon the recommendation of the Office of the Bar Confidant, to Refer this matter to the Committee on Bar Examinations for consideration,” stated the resolution signed by lawyer Enriqueta Vidal, Clerk of Court of the SC en banc.


The Cebu City Council made the request with the SC en banc after passing Resolution 13-0685-2013.

De La Salle University along Taft Avenue, Manila has been the regular venue of the bar examinations until an explosion related to a fraternity fued forced the change of venue to University of Santo Tomas.

Under the Rules of Court,  “a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75 percent.”

The rule disqualifying applicants having grades in any subject falling below 50 percent has been abolished since 2010, according to Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant lawyer Ma. Cristina Layusa.

In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mercantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law, 20 percent; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5 percent, for a total of 100 percent.

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