2013 (Political Law) Bar Exam Questions: Essay Question 4

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Congress enacted a law providing for trial by jury for those charged with crimes or offenses punishable by reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment. The law provides for the qualifications of members of the jury, the guidelines for the bar and bench for their selection, the manner a trial by jury shall operate, an the procedures to be followed.

Is the law constitutional? (6%)


  1. The law is unconstitutional, under the Constitution judicial power is vested in our courts. Hence trial by jury may be allowed if the Constitution is amended and not by mere statutory legislation as in this case.

    1. Past exam pala talaga ito, in UP law the answer was under the 1987 consti the power of congress to amend, repeal or modify the rules has been removed.

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