The Chief Justice of Maldives, Honorable Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan gave an address on the occasion of the twelfth anniversary of the establishment of the Supreme Court of the Maldives. The Chief Justice began the address by extending his warm wishes to the Justices and staff of the Supreme Court, as well as members of the judiciary. He also noted a special welcome to the newly appointed Justices of the Supreme Court, Hon Uz Ali Rasheed Hussain and Hon Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim.
The principal focus of the Chief Justice’s address was the work of the court’s Justices and employees in ensuring that the work of the Supreme Court is realized without delays amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Justice noted that the Supreme Court has made great strides by using modern technology to livestream hearings held via video conference, which also ensures the safety and wellbeing of the Justices and the staff.
The Chief Justice also shed light on the transformation the court has experienced with the appointment of new Justices to the Supreme Court. He highlighted key statistical achievements of the past year, in comparison to the 11 years preceding it. Notably, from September 18th of 2019 to September 18th of 2020, 251 hearings were held and 49 judgements delivered – reflecting an increase of 73.4% in the levels of productivity in average.
The Chief Justice concluded the address by extending his deep gratitude to the Justices of the Supreme Court and the courts’ staff for working diligently and enthusiastically throughout the current pandemic. He also conveyed his appreciation to the Judicial Service Commission, the Department of Judicial Administration, the judiciary as a whole, and government institutions for their cooperation and assistance towards the smooth operation of the judicial system during this period.