19 decisions of Supreme Court annulled

Supreme Court of the Maldives | Photo: PSM

Malé, Maldives – Following the amendments brought to the Judicial Service Commission (JCS)’s Act, a total of 19 previously declared decisions of the Supreme Court have been annulled by the court.

With the amendments brought the Act in 2019, multiple areas of work previously looked over by the Supreme Court and the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) have been moved under the wing of the JSC.

With reference to this, the Supreme Court stated that these amendments do not allow the implementation of several rulings, general letters and circulars issued by the court previously, due to which, the Justices of the court have come to a consensus to annul all such documents.

Among these include one ruling, five rules and regulations, along with three circulars and nine general letters, including the ruling to shift the overlooking of DJA under the Supreme Court itself, and the letter mandating an approval of the Supreme Court of vacation days of Judges.

While this is so, a lawyer has filed with the Supreme Court to annul the amendments brought to the Act itself. However, no ruling has been declared on the matter, and the case is still ongoing at the court.