THE Supreme Court has scheduled the 16th Special Shari’a bar exams for Jan. 19 and 26 next year.

In a Nov. 5 resolution signed by Clerk of Court Edgar O. Aricheta, the court granted the request of Saidamen B. Pangarungan, secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

The court has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar B. Dimaampao as chairman of the Board of Examinees.

It also ordered the Office of the Bar Confidant for petitions to take the exam until Dec. 15.

Under the law, Shari’a courts, mostly in Mindanao, will have authority over cases involving personal, family and property relations, and commercial transactions, and criminal cases involving Muslims. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas