The Supreme Court has decided to extend until June next year its deadline for the signing and registration of the biometric information of 2019 bar passers who availed themselves of the alternative roll signing procedure.
“In view of the continuous spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and in compliance with the instruction of the 2019 Bar Chairperson Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, the alternative roll signing will be extended until June 30, 2021,” read the notice signed by SC Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Rosita M. Requillas-Nacional dated Dec. 4.
“Failure to comply within the prescribed period shall result in the immediate imposition of the appropriate administrative sanctions which will affect one’s good standing as a member of the Philippine Bar,” the notice warned.
Last July, the SC gave 2019 bar passers, who have difficulty going to the SC’s Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) in Manila to sign the roll of attorneys due to travel restrictions, the option to avail themselves of the alternative signing procedure.
Those who availed themselves of the alternative signing will only have to pay the P3,850 bar admission and certification fees via postal mail on or before August 7 of this year. They also have to include in the mail the required affidavit which includes an undertaking that they will still have to go to the OBC to sign and register their biometric information on or before Dec. 31.
Now that deadline has been extended up to June 30, Nacional said “bar passers who have already signified their preferred signing this December, 2020 may still proceed as scheduled.”
There were 2,103 persons who passed the 2019 bar examinations out of the 7,685 law graduates who took the exams.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SC held for the first time last June 25 the online oathtaking of bar passers.
The SC has already canceled the 2020 bar examinations and has yet to announce when the next bar examinations will be held.