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Supreme Court Announces Further Adjustments to Bar Exam in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in News & Reports, Press Releases

The Supreme Court announced today that for those applicants sitting for the Hawaii bar examination scheduled to begin on September 9, 2020, the passing score will be temporarily modified to 133. This adjustment is one of several steps the court has taken in response to the impact of COVID-19.

The court also announced that all applicants will be subject to meeting applicable health screening criteria in order to enter exam rooms. Further instructions and the applicable criteria will be provided to applicants in the near future.

Any applicant who does not meet the criteria will be allowed to elect the option of deferring the taking of the exam to a future date and/or pursuing a provisional license as set forth in the court’s July 22, 2020 Order.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Zack, Supreme Court Staff Attorney, at 808-539-4747.

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at

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