Male, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has ratified the amendment to the Legal Profession Act today.
The amendment which was passed by 71 MPs in the parliament on July 22, will permit law graduates to obtain licenses after the completion of a training program of the Bar Council.
The Legal Profession Act previously stated that licenses can only be issued when the bar exam is completed, due to which, a large number of graduates had expressed concern over the fact that a bar exam is yet to be formulated despite the act being ratified almost a year ago.
The Judiciary Committee of the Parliament proposed the move to issue licenses to graduates by undergoing a one-month long training program for graduates currently waiting. Policies for the training program are to be formulated by the Bar Council within seven days of the enactment of the law and publishing on the gazette.
The program must be conducted within a period of seven days, according to the amendment. Upon completion of the training program, the Bar Council must facilitate the licensing of the graduates within 21 days.
The graduates would still be required to take part in the next bar examination, despite undertaking the training program, however, the amendment does not say what is to happen if they do not do so. Voting on the amendment for graduates unable to obtain their licenses is to be held in the parliament today.