Judges below age 55 to be allowed honorable retirement

Members of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) of Maldives. | Photo: JSC

Malé, Maldives – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has made it possible for judges to retire with honor, even if they are not 55 years old.

According to the previous Judges’ Retirement Regulation, they can retire voluntarily at the age of 55 under a valid reasons and will be eligible for allowance upon retirement.

Under the JSC’s amendment to the rules yesterday, judges who have served for 10 years can retire with honors even if they are not 55 years of age. However, such persons will not receive retirement allowance.

According to the amendment, such retirement is possible only if no suspension or demotion of more than three months has been taken in the past three years.

If any disciplinary actions were taken against a judge, that person will not be eligible for an honorable retirement.

In addition those who retire while a decision to remove the individual from the judiciary is pending and those who resign to avoid disciplinary action will not be eligible for the early retirement.