Following a Supreme Court order, judges from the Southern branch of the Maldives’ High Court have officially commenced work at the capital Male branch of the court on Sunday.
The apex court late in August ordered the temporary transfer of three Southern branch judges after it was revealed that there is a massive backlog of cases at the High Court in the capital Male. Reportedly, some 500 cases are currently pending at the High Court.
The three judges who were transferred are Judge Abdul Ghani Mohamed, Judge Shujau Usman, and Judge Shuaib Hussain Zachariya. They will remain at the Male branch for three months.
Even though the three judges officially started hearing cases on Sunday, they had begun work at the Male High Court last week.
The apex court had assured that despite the transfer, the cases at the Southern branch of the court, located in Addu City, will be heard as scheduled.
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