The Bar Exam
The Bar Exam is an important exam that everyone needs to take in order to be eligible for promotion to 7iC, and to be certified, whether you want to be a District Attorney or a District Judge.
The exam is made up of 6 parts, and it covers a range of things including: general knowledge about the Judicial Branch and the Department of Justice, Judgement Scenarios and legislation application - all skills and knowledge you should pick up doing MS/JA and MT tasks.
Some documents and laws you should check out in order to prepare for the Bar Exam are:
- Legislation: the Prosecution Act 2019 and the Crimes Act 2019
- Documents: the Rules of Court Procedure, the Judicial Handbook and the Objection Guide. Also look at the Bar Exam Study Guide.
Jurisdiction of Cases
The first part of the Bar Exam is concerned with the Jurisdiction of Cases.
Crime classification and jurisdiction can be found specifically in the Prosecution Act 2019 (P2 and P3).
In brief, these are the classes of crimes:
- Class A - maximum punishment of being added to the BoS list
- Class B - a maximum punishment of a demotion
- Class C - a maximum punishment of a strike
- Unclassified - a punishment in accordance with any common law, or as determined by the Court on an independent basis
Class A crimes go to the Supreme Court and anything Class B or lower is assigned to the District Court, unless the defendant holds a 5iC+ rank.
In this part, you will have to identify and understand how the class of the crime correlates with the courts in which the case is assigned to.
Responsibilities of the Department of Justice
These can be found in the Prosecution Act 2019. Some of their responsibilities include scheduling and organising trials and hearings, and assigning justices and jury members when required.
Case Building, Section A
In this section of the Bar, you will be required to identify what law was broken after reading a short description of the incident. You need to be able to use the SLR confidently, to use keywords to find the law broken.
Case Building, Section B
This part has all to do with the technicalities of case submission
Make sure you study the Prosecution Act 2019, and that you are confident with things like when are cases not valid and how that may be overcome, and what makes evidence legal.
From participating in Mock Trials, you should gain the knowledge required for the majority of this section, but we also recommend you study the Rules of Court Procedure document, which can be found on the site, under “Documents”, for any additional facts.
This is pretty much like the Judgement Scenario JAs, whereby you will have to be able to identify what objections could’ve been called in a statement. You will have to make note of the ground for the objection and explain it in your answer, Make sure you are confident with the grounds for objection by reviewing the “Objection Guide”.
January 24th 2021, 11:42 AM GMT