No Bar examinations earlier than Feb. 2021, Leonen says

THE Supreme Court’s Office of the 2020 Bar Chair on Monday announced that the 2020 Bar Exams would not be held earlier than February 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Bar Bulletin 12, Series of 2020, 2020 Bar Examinations Chairman Associate Justice Marvic Leonen cited the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the prevailing community quarantine protocols in various parts of the country and the continuing uncertainty due to the pandemic as the primary reasons for the delay of the conduct of the Bar exams which is usually being conducted on four Sundays of November.

Leonen said the SC en banc, upon his recommendation, “resolved to announce the schedule of the next Bar Examinations to a later date to allow time for a more considered deliberation.”

The Court earlier said the postponement is necessary to give the Court ample time to determine the necessary adjustments and to make adequate preparations for the safe and orderly conduct of the examinations.

It has also approved Justice Leonen’s proposal for regionalization of the Bar exams.

Thus, the next Bar exams would likely be held in Manila and in Cebu City.

As 2020 Bar Chair, Leonen also vowed to look into various rituals that add unnecessary pressure on aspiring lawyers applicants, which include midnight and last- minute “tips” from well-meaning supporters.

He added that he would also review the way answers to Bar exams are evaluated and how results are being presented. 


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