#BAR2019: SC asked to allow signing of Roll of Attorneys in local areas

The Supreme Court has been asked to allow new lawyers, who recently took their oaths online, to sign the Roll of Attorneys in their areas following fears over the coronavirus.

In a letter to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) stressed the signing of roll at the SC compound in Manila from July 6 to August 3 “would be burdensome to new lawyers given the present health situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

” May we suggest the following options for the consideration of the Honorable Court: Signing of the Roll of Attorneys before the Presiding Justice or Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals in Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City, signing of the Roll of Attorneys before the Deputy Court Administrators in the Visayas and Mindanao, and signing of the Roll of Attorneys before the executive judges in all Regional Trial Courts,” PALS said.

“Health considerations and quarantine constraints present restrictions to travel and accommodations for our Bar passers. Additional level of requirements through the securing of medical certificates from the Department of Health, travel permits from the local health departments, as well as the need to take rapid or other virus detection tests impose further undue burdens, ” ths group added.

Recently, some 2,103 new lawyers took their oaths online via video conferencing, the first in the country’s Bar history.

Likewise, the release of the results of the 2019 Bar examinations was posted online as the SC prohibited the traditional posting of results at the high court’s gates due to health protocols. #

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