Guevarra: New lawyers should be tech-savvy

Published April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra believes all new lawyers should not only be armed with the knowledge of the law, but also of technology as well.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“In this day and age, human interactions are carried on to a large extent with the use of high technology,” Guevarra told reporters.

“All new lawyers should be equipped to tread on this new landscape, where the environment for many human activities has become a virtual reality.”

Guevarra pointed out that “commerce is conducted electronically, communications through the internet and social media, and many other transactions, crimes included, via cyberspace. Consequently, the legal framework has likewise morphed.”

“Laws governing electronic transactions and penalizing offenses committed thru cyberspace have been enacted, and the way our legal institutions operate has been modified to cope up with and make use of computer-driven technologies,” he added.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Supreme Court (SC) decided to do away with its annual posting of the bar examination results at its compound on Wednesday (April 29), and instead advised the public to view the results online.

The SC said 2,103 persons passed the 2019 bar exams, or 27.36 percent of the 7,685 law graduates who took it.

 

 
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