To ensure orderly bar exams: SC sets up special court within UST to punish troublemakers

  • Special court set up within UST to ensure smooth conduct of Bar exams
  • Violators and troublemakers to be punished with direct contempt of court
  • Almost 800 policemen also deployed to guard the exams

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has set up a special court within the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) campus to punish troublemakers who would try to disrupt this year’s Bar exam.

Manila Police District (MPD) head Chief Supt. Joel Coronel said the court will be authorized to summarily judge and sanction any violator in direct contempt for disturbing the exam which is considered a judicial process.

“Violators will be placed under arrest, particularly those who will engage in fraternity-related riots. They will be charged with direct contempt of court because the conduct of Bar exams is a court proceeding directly supervised by the Supreme Court,” the Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying.

Aside from the court, a total of 775 policemen have also been deployed outside and within the campus grounds to protect the examinees.

Coronel added that he has already been given marching orders by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to ensure the smooth conduct of the Bar exams.

“Mayor Estrada’s instruction is to ensure peace and order during the exams and protect the examinees, SC personnel and those doing the Bar operations,” he said.

The only professional licensure exam not supervised by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Bar exam is conducted directly by the Supreme Court once a year and is said to be one of the hardest in the entire country.

Examinees aspiring to be lawyers have to hurdle 8 Bar subjects: Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

The barristers are tested with two subjects every Sunday for four weeks.