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Supreme Court allows online oath-taking for 2019 Bar exam passers on June 25

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the country's newest lawyers to take their oath online on June 25 amid prevailing public health measures in the time of COVID-19.

The SC Public Information Office (PIO) announced Tuesday that the court en banc approved a resolution allowing the oath-taking to be conducted 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," the SC PIO said in a press statement.

The "unorthodox" oath-taking will be exclusively for the 2019 Bar exam passers, the SC PIO said.

The Office of the Bar Confidant, under the guidance of Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, the 2019 Bar chair, was authorized to organize and carry out the oath-taking as contemplated in the resolution, the SC PIO said.

A total of 2,103 candidates passed the 2019 Bar examinations, representing 27.36% of the 7,685 examinees who completed the licensure test for lawyers last November.

Mae Diane Azores, a certified public accountant, was the topnotcher with a rating of 91.0490%. She studied law at the University of Santo Tomas Legazpi.—AOL, GMA News