Bahamas Bar (Examinations) Regulations

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Published: 1982-05-06

Bahamas Bar (Examinations) Regulations
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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

endeavours to ensure that that person shall receive during
his pupillage instruction in the law and legal practice of
The Bahamas adequate for independent practice by him as
a counsel and attorney in The Bahamas.

THE BAR EDUCATION REGULATIONS

(SECTION 34)
[Commencement 1st June, 1973]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Bar
Education Regulations.

2. Until other provision is made by law, the arrange-
ments in force immediately before the commencement of these
Regulations governing the matters for which regulations may
be made under section 34 of the Bahamas Bar Act, shall
continue in full force and effect.

THE BAHAMAS BAR (EXAMINATIONS)
REGULATIONS

(SECTION 34)
[Commencement 6th May, 1982]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Bahamas
Bar (Examinations) Regulations.

2. In these Regulations —
“the Act” means the Bahamas Bar Act, together with

any subsequent amendments thereof;
“the Bar Council” means the members elected under

section 6 of the Act;
“counsel and attorney” means a counsel and attorney

admitted to practice under the Act;
“the Panel” means the Panel of Examiners appointed

by the Bar Counsel under these Regulations;
“the Registrar” means the person appointed as

Registrar of Examinations under these Regula-
tions.

S.I. 39/1973

Citation.

Existing
arrangements for
legal education to
remain in force.

S.I. 32/1982

Citation.

Interpretation.

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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

3. There shall be a Registrar who shall be
appointed by the Bar Council and shall hold office for such
period (not exceeding three years) as the Council may
determine and who shall be eligible for re-appointment.
The Registrar shall perform such duties and functions in
relation to the conduct of examinations to be taken by
candidates for Call to the Bar as may be assigned from
time to time by the Bar Council.

4. The Panel shall be appointed by the Bar Council
and shall consist of at least six but not more than twelve
counsel and attorneys admitted to practice under the
provisions of the Act. The Panel shall be responsible for
the setting, correcting and marking of all papers.

5. All applications to take any examination must be
in writing addressed to the Registrar so as to reach the
Registrar at least two weeks before the date on which the
first examination is to be held.

6. Unless excused by the Registrar, each candidate
must appear in person on the date notified by the Registrar
for the purpose of choosing his or her examination
identification number.

7. Each candidate sitting Part I A or B of the
examinations shall be required to pay a fee of Twenty
Dollars ($20) for each Part. Each candidate sitting Part II
of the examinations shall be required to pay a fee of Forty
Dollars ($40). The required fee shall be submitted with the
candidate’s application and is non-refundable.

8. All examination questions must be answered on
the paper provided. Surplus paper must be surrendered to
the invigilator at the end of each examination.

9. Each candidate must place his or her number
and the title of the examination paper only in the top right-
hand corner of each page of the answer paper.

10. All candidates must write legibly. If an examiner
determines that a candidate’s handwriting is illegible, he
shall refer the paper for consideration by the Panel who
shall decide how to deal with the paper, which may include
but is not limited to interviewing the candidate, and the
decision of the Panel as stated by the Registrar shall be
final.

Appointment
and functions of
Registrar.

Appointment
and functions of
Panel of
Examiners.

Applications for
examination.

Examination
identification
number.

Examination
fees.

Examination
papers.

Identification of
examination
papers.

Illegible
examination
papers.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

11. Candidates should attend for examination
promptly at the times and place or places stated by the
Registrar. Candidates will not be admitted to the
examination room more than twenty (20) minutes after the
time laid down for commencement of the examination.

12. Candidates may not leave the examination room
during the first thirty (30) minutes of the examination, nor
during the last fifteen (15) minutes of the examination.

13. The pass mark for each examination is sixty (60)
per centum. Conditional passes are awarded in the Final
Part only, provided the candidate has failed only one paper
and, in that paper, has attained a mark of not less than fifty
(50) per centum.

14. All papers shall be reviewed by the Panel prior
to the publication of examination results, and the results of
such review shall be final. In the case of papers which in
the first instance have been awarded a mark of less than
sixty (60) per centum but of more than fifty (50) per
centum, such papers shall be reviewed before review by
the Panel by a member or members of the Panel designated
for this purpose by the Registrar.

15. Examinations shall be held in June and
September of every year on dates to be published by the
Registrar.

THE BAR (EXEMPTION FROM EXAMINATION)
REGULATIONS

(SECTION 34)
[Commencement 12th June, 1980]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Bar
(Exemption from Examination) Regulations.

2. In these Regulations —
“candidate” means a person seeking admission to

service under articles or who is in service under
articles;

“Secretary” means the member of the Bar Council
discharging the Council’s secretarial functions;

“subjects” means those courses of legal study which
are deemed by the Bar Council to be necessary
for call to the Bar;

Attendance for
examination.

Conduct of
examinations.

Pass marks.

Review of
examination
papers.

Time of
examinations.

S.I. 34/1980

Citation.

Interpretation.
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