There are 7,227 law students who are currently braving the country’s 116th bar examination which is happening on the four Sundays of the month of November. The initial examination took place last Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in Manila.
The Bar exam comprises eight subjects namely Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics. The chairperson of the bar examinations is SC Justice Lucas P. Bersamin.
“Any act that undermines the safe and orderly conduct of the bar examinations or disturbs the due decorum, therefore, shall be punished with direct contempt of court and shall be dealt with summarily,” Bersamin told in a notice.
Bersamin also stated the participation of The Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the Coast Guard in ensuring an honest conduct of the bar examinations.
The number of examinees for 2017 is above last year’s examinees 6,831.
In efforts to maintain the orderliness of the examinations, the Supreme Court has prepared contingency measures in case of bad weather condition during the conduct of the 2017 Bar exams. There are 10 Supreme Court buses that were deployed to pick up the examinees in several designated points in Metro Manila which will bring them to the UST campus in case of extremely bad weather. This initiative is under Bar Matter No. 20 signed by Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Ma. Christina Layusa.
“In case of heavy rain in the morning of a Bar examination day, a limited number of Supreme Court buses shall be available to transport bar Examinees and duty personnel to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) from the following pick-up points: Quezon City Memorial Circle (two buses), Park and Ride, Lawton, Manila (one bus), Supreme Court Compound, Taft Avenue (two buses), EDSA Magallanes Flyover, Pasay City (two buses beneath the flyover), Greenbelt and Glorietta, Ayala Center, Makati (two buses) and at the Marikina Sports Complex (one bus),” stated Layusa referring to the contingency plan.
Layusa declared the SC shuttle buses are stationed at the abovementioned areas as early as 5 a.m. and will depart at 5:30 a.m. The service will be on a first come, first serve basis solely for the convenience of bar examinees and duty personnel.
“In order to avail of this service, they must present their Notice of Admission, Gate Pass and/or ID card, as the case may be, to the bus driver before being allowed to board,” Layusa said. ‘’Priority in the use of the commuter vans shall be given to senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disability.”
“The SC shuttle buses shall then be available to transport bar examinees and duty personnel from the UST to the following drop-off areas: north-bound passengers shall be transported up to QC Memorial Circle; south-bound passengers could be dropped off at Park and Ride in Lawton, Supreme Court premises and EDSA Magallanes Flyover (beneath the flyover) in Pasay City; for Makati area, drop-off area shall be at the Ayala Center (Glorietta and Greenbelt); and for Marikina area and the Marikina Sports Complex,” she furthered.
On November 12, 2017, the second Sunday of the bar exam, examinees have been advised to withdraw from navigating through Roxas Boulevard due to the activities of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.