Dheebanaz, Saleem sworn in as High Court judges

Appointment of Criminal Court Judge Dheebanaz Fahumy to High Court on August 9, 2022. (Photo/JSC)

Dheebanaz Fahumy who was serving as a judge at the Criminal Court and Mohamed Saleem who was serving as a legal officer at High Court have been sworn in as High Court judges on Tuesday.

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) announced their decision to appoint both individuals as High Court judges in early July.

JSC took the decision after interviewing applicants for the two vacancies for judges at High Court.

Dheebanaz who was the first female judge to sit in the Criminal Court has a Bachelor of Law (Honors) from Islamic University Malaysia, and a Master of Law from University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She has 17 years of experience in criminal litigation – including having served as the Deputy Prosecutor General.

Meanwhile, Saleem completed his bachelor’s degree from the Islamic University of Maldives. He has served as a legal officer at High Court for 12 years.

Appointment of Mohamed Saleem as a High Court judge on August 9, 2022. (Photo/JSC)

The two vacancies for High Court were announced to replace Judge Abdul Rauf Ibrahim who resigned and to replace Judge Abdulla Hameed who the Parliament voted to dismiss.

The basic salary of a High Court judge is MVR 36,000. Along with this, they receive a living allowance of MVR 15,000 and a risk allowance of MVR 3,300. They also receive a medical and phone allowance.

On Tuesday, two magistrates were appointed to courts in two islands; Aishath Ibrahim to Th. Guraidhii Court and Nashaathath Zaeema to GDh. Thinadhoo Court.