By Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) announced on Monday, June 29, that the 2020 bar examinations “will definitely not be held at a date earlier than February 2021.”
In Bar Bulletin No. 12, Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, chairperson of the 2020 bar examinations, said:
“Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) case, the prevailing community quarantine protocols all over the nation, and the continuing uncertainty, the Supreme Court, en banc… resolved to announce the schedule of the next bar examinations to a later date to allow time for a more considered deliberation.
“For the guidelines of all concerned, however, please note that the next bar examinations will definitely not be held at a date earlier than February 2021.”
Traditionally, bar examinations are administered by the SC in November of every year and the results are announced either in April or May of the following year.
For the first time in the history of bar examinations, the results of the 2019 tests were done online via the SC website and the oath-taking of the new lawyers was held last June 25, also online via video conferencing.
Last week, the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) has asked the SC to allow the signing of the rolls of attorneys, the last step for a new lawyer to enable him or her to practice law, be done before the executive judges of the regional trial courts (RTCs) all over the country, also because of the risks posed by COVID-19, instead of holding it at the SC offices on Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila.