High Court annuls JSC procedure for appointing new judge

The High Court has annulled procedural rules put in place by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for appointing a new judge to the appeals court bench.

Lawyers Anas Abdul Sattar and Hassan Fiyaz had challenged the legality of some provisions in the rules. In its ruling, delivered on Thursday (October 30), the High Court ordered the judicial watchdog to formulate new rules for selecting and appointing a judge.

Nine candidates have applied for the vacancy on the nine member High Court bench following the transfer of former Chief Judge Ahmed Shareef to Juvenile Court.

Applicants include Criminal Court Judges Abdulla Didi and Muhthaz Fahmy, Family Court Chief Judge Hassan Saeed, Civil Court Judges Aisha Shujune, Mohamed Hussain Mazeed, Mariyam Nihayath and Abdulla Jameel Moosa, Hulhumale’ Court Marriage Registrar Hassan Ali, and UNDP Assistant Resident Representative Aishath Rizna.