Shariah Bar leakage investigated

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THE Supreme Court (SC) is investigating reports that questions for the 2014 Shariah bar examinations this year were leaked.

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A source told The Manila Times that the Court has created a committee to trace the source of the leakage. The panel will be headed by Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta with Associate Justices Martin Villarama and Jose Catral Mendoza as members.

The source said the Court discovered that some of the questions in the questionnaires used during the review were similar to the questions in the examination itself.

The passing rate for this year’s Sharia bar exams was a high 46.82 percent. Of the 267 examinees, 125 passed.

The new Sharia lawyers took their oath on March 11 but have yet to sign the roll of Shariah attorneys.

The Shariah bar exams were held on January 19 and 26, at the Court of Appeals. Judge Kaudri Jainul was the chairman of the 2014 Committee on the Shari’ah Bar Examinations.

There are five Sharia district courts and 61 Sharia circuit courts nationwide.

In a related development, the results of the last year’s bar exams will be out by noontime today.

The Supreme Court will meet at 9 a.m. to determine whether to raise the 20-percent passing percentage after checking the test booklets.

Associate Justice Arturo Brion, a bar topnotcher, was the chairman of the 2013 bar examinations.

A source told The Times earlier that about 20 percent of the examinees passed. However, this figure could still change, depending on the recommendations and approval of the magistrates.

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