High Court ceases hearing appeals challenging procedural rulings

The High Court has ceased accepting appeals challenging procedural decisions made by lower courts following a circular issued by the Supreme Court on August 24.

The Supreme Court stated in the circular (Dhivehi) that the constitutional right to appeal verdicts or judgments delivered in civil or criminal cases did not extend to rulings on procedural points raised during trials.

The apex court stated that procedural rulings could only be contested by appealing the final judgement.