Discussions held on Strengthening the Legal Fraternity of the Maldives

Discussions were held at the Supreme Court today with the Maldives Qualifications Authority (MQA) on measures to be taken to strengthen the professional standard of the Maldives’ Legal Fraternity.

The discussion focused mainly on regulating and streamlining the aspects of the Rule of Law and on the absence of a monitoring mechanism to ensure that law degrees given by colleges of the Maldives meet the qualification requirements set forth by the MQA.

Furthermore it was highlighted that universities and colleges conducting courses on law should include subjects in the national  curriculum when designing their courses  and before authorising such courses the MQA should seek approval from the committee established for the purpose under the Regulation on Issuing Licence to Practice Law in the Courts of the Maldives.

While the legal profession requires effective regulation and sound policies at present the Maldives lacks a national law curriculum which could be used as a basis for conducting  courses on law.

The Chief Justice stressed on the importance of strengthening the professional capacity of those working in the Judicial Sector through academic and training programs and noted that the Judicial Academy of the Maldives was instituted for the purpose.

The Chief Justice of the Maldives Honorable Uz. Abdulla Saeed, Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed Hussain and Director Athika Ibrahim participated in the meeting from the Supreme Court. Maldives Qualifications Authority was represented by Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Waheed Hussain and Director Aishath Aroofa Mohamed.

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