Magistrates too complain about slow internet speed

Courts of Maldives. | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives — Magistrates of Maldives have also complained about difficulties in carrying out court’s work due to slow internet speed.

The annual judges meeting held virtually by the judges committee and the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) began today where the judges discuss about the difficulties they face in magistrate courts.

The atolls were separated into five separate zones and discussions were held regarding the difficulties they faced. Almost all of the five magistrates that represented the five zones complained about the slow wifi speed and how it interrupts the court’s work.

Chief Magistrate of GA. Atoll judicial sector, Ibrahim Ihsaan informed that it is difficult to hold hearings virtually with the video on as the internet speed is slow and they have issues in hearing the audio as well.

Some magistrates also stated that having to give presentations while on video conferences is specifically very difficult due to the slow internet speed.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has requested the courts to hold their hearings virtually as a protective measure. However, magistrates are unable to carry out hearings appropriately with audio and video features.

The citizens have also complained and highly criticized the government for the slow internet speed the country has compared to its price. As a response, the government announced that they will be decreasing the internet prices and increasing the throttle speed from next month onwards.