The High Court has announced that lower court and tribunal decisions can only be appealed under the new process established by the Supreme Court from Sunday (February 15)
The instructions referred to by the High Court – published on January 27 – state that the request for appeal must be submitted by filing the necessary forms to the lower court or tribunal that deliberated on the case, within 10 days of its conclusion.
The lower court or tribunal must then send the forms to the upper court within 7 days of the appeal request, before the upper court is then obliged to complete all administrative processes necessary within 7 days of receiving the appeal documentation.
High Court Spokesman Amin Faisal was unable to give further details, confirming only that the appeal process will be in accordance with the Supreme Court circular from Sunday onwards.
The amendments to the Judicature Act also mandate the formation of two additional branches of the High Court in the northern and southern regions of the Maldives. The two new branches can only adjudicate the rulings of the magistrate courts.
The nine-member High Court is to be divided among the three branches, with three judges in each branch.