MRM proposes to change JSC composition

Former Member of Parliament representing Dhiggaru constituency Faaris Maumoon | Photo:

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) has proposed to the government to change the composition of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

In a press conference held by MRM yesterday, the party’s president, Faris Maumoon, said the people have no confidence in the JSC because of the presence of politicians. Therefore, the party has proposed to have professionals in the JSC, he said.

“We believe that the confidence of the people will increase when JSC is changed the way we are proposing,” said Faris, who is also a former JSC member. He said the party’s proposal has now been sent to the Attorney General’s Office.

The MRM proposed that instead of having judges on the JSC, three retired judges, a woman and a man from the public, one lawyer and the Attorney General should sit on the commission.

However, the Speaker of parliament, member of parliament, Member appointed by the president and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) should not be in the JSC.

The MRM proposed to change the procedures for appointment and dismissal of members. It proposes to entrust the appointment of public and retired judges to an independent body and to make the term of office of the members seven years.

The MRM also proposed to change the procedure for dismissing judges.

MRM proposed to change the Constitution’s provision that judges can be removed by a two-thirds majority of the members present in parliament sitting to require a two-thirds majority of the entire parliament.