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Making History: First Ever Online Oath-Taking of New Lawyers

The Supreme Court of the Philippines sets new record as it holds the first-ever online oath-taking ceremonies for the successful 2019 Bar passers.

The Supreme Court has earlier announced a resolution allowing the conduct of the oath-taking ceremony of the 2019 BAR examination passers on 25 June 2020 via online video conference and linked to a government television network for broadcast. 

The oath-taking will be televised exclusively on PTV on June 25, 2020, Thursday, 2:00 pm. Netizens may join the ceremonies through PTV’s YouTube Channel.

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The Supreme Court during technical rehearsal last June 22. Photo from the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

Just the night before the program, 2019 Bar Topnotchers Mae Dian Azores and Kenneth Manuel exchanged some light-hearted tweets. Azores is Top 1, and Manuel is Top 6, both are CPAs and now CPA-Lawyers.

Courtesy of PTV Philippines’ Twitter @ptvph

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Online Oath Taking for New Lawyers on June 25, 2020

The Supreme Court En Banc approved today, 09 June 2020, a resolution allowing the conduct of the oath-taking ceremony of the 2019 BAR examination passers on 25 June 2020 via online video conference and linked to a government television network for broadcast. 

The Court noted that the current health crisis and COVID-19 pandemic made it not possible to hold the oath-taking ceremony the traditional way, as it had to take into consideration the existing government policies on public health, particularly on mass gatherings. More than 2,000 new lawyers will be taking their oaths. 

However, the Supreme Court made it clear in its resolution that the unorthodox oath-taking was to be “pro hac vice.” This means that due to the current pandemic, the resolution was to be exclusive and limited only on the occasion of the oath-taking of the 2019 BAR passers.

The resolution cited Article VIII, Section 5 (5) of the Constitution which is the rule-making power of the Supreme Court concerning the admission to the practice of law as its basis. 

The Court authorized the Bar Confidant, under the guidance of the 2019 BAR Chairperson, Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, to perform all necessary acts, under existing rules, regulations, and resources, to carry out the oath taking as contemplated in the resolution.

The Office of the Bar Confidant will be making the necessary announcements on the details, guidelines, and instructions to the new lawyers for the online oath-taking. 

Source: http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/11677/