Order 1 of the Law Commission

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Order Providing for the Review and Approval of Questions for the Bar Examination
Enacted byLaw Commission
Date commenced26 April 2019
Legislative history
Introduced on25 April 2019
Introduced byHirematia
Voting began25 April 2019
Vote results6 Yea, 0 Nay, 0 Abstain
Status: In force


Section 1. Subject Areas to be Tested

The Bar Examination shall be divided into the following subject areas:

  1. Foundational institutions and concepts of the government of the Social Liberal Union;
  2. Composition, structure, and powers of the judicial branch of the Social Liberal Union;
  3. Composition, structure, and powers of the Law Commission and ethical standards of members of the Bar under the Law Commission and Library Act;
  4. Social Liberal Union constitutional law, generally;
  5. Social Liberal Union public offences, generally;
  6. Social Liberal Union criminal procedure, generally;
  7. Social Liberal Union civil procedure, generally.

Section 2. Number of Questions Allotted per Subject Area

The Bar Examination shall consist of 50 questions divided among the authorized subject areas as follows:

Subject Number Number of Questions Authorized
1 10
2 5
3 5
4 10
5 5
6 10
7 5

Section 3. Question Value and Passing Score

Each question shall each be weighed equally. A score of at least 75 percent is required to be considered passing.

Section 4. Review and Approval Process

  1. A draft question can be proposed by any Member of the Commission by posting it to the Private Office of the Law Commission and indicating which subject area/number it seeks to test. If conflicting or repetitive questions are proposed, the Chair of the Commission shall determine which is to be even considered or may merge the questions as they deem fit.
  2. At least one other Member of the Commission, as assigned by the Chair of the Commission, shall serve as a scrutineer for each question and certify whether or not the question is free of errors, understandable, answerable, relevant, and appropriate as to form and content.
  3. A scrutineer may recommend any modification to the question, but may not actually edit it without the consent of the original proposer or by direction of the Chair of the Commission.
  4. Once all 50 questions are proposed and certified by a scrutineer, the Chair of the Commission shall arrange for the entire proposed examination to be voted upon en bloc.
  5. If the examination is approved, the Chair of the Commission shall issue a public announcement to that effect. If the examination is not approved, questions(s) may be edited or withdrawn from the proposed examination by its original proposer or by direction of the Chair of the Commission, and the process shall restart until an examination is approved.
  6. Once the examination is approved and the announcement made, the Commission shall, in accordance with statutory requirements, arrange for the actual administration and scoring of the examination by subsequent regulations.