MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) said on Tuesday that it will release the results of the 2009 Bar examinations this Friday, March 26.

Court Administrator and spokesman Midas Marquez said the SC will conduct a special en banc session to settle the passing percentage in last year’s Bar examinations.

Court records showed there were 5,903 examinees from the 109 law schools. The exams were held on September 6, 13, and 20, and October 4, 2009 at the De La Salle University on Taft Avenue, Manila.

The Rules of Court state that, “a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75 percent in all subjects without falling below 50 percent in any subject.”

In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given relative weights: Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mercantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law, 20 percent; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5 percent, for a total of 100 percent.

In the 2008 examinations, only 1,310 representing 20.58 percent of the 6,364 examinees passed the test. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)