President ratifies 2nd Amendment Bill to Judicature Act

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has ratified the ?2nd ?Amendment Bill to the Judicature Act (Act No. 22/2010) increasing the number of High Court Judges from 9 to 11.

The Amendment submitted by the MP for Inguraidhoo constituency, Ibrahim Falaah was passed by the Parliament at the 6th ?sitting of its ?second session, on 14th June 2017 with the vote of 43 MPs while 29 voted against it.

Following ratification, the ?Act has been ?published in the Government Gazette.

The Amendment states that new judges must be selected to fill the slots with three months of publication.

For the High Court branches in the north and south of the country, three judges will be appointed to each branch out of the total 11.

The High Court currently has seven judges. A notice has been issued to find two more.