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Former S. African Justice to conduct independent judicial assessment

Ahmed Aiham
28 May 2019, MVT 15:52
Former South African Justice Johann Kriegler (R) and Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath. PHOTO: ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE / TWITTER
Ahmed Aiham
28 May 2019, MVT 15:52

Attorney General (AG)'s Office, on Monday, appointed retired South African Justice Johann Kriegler as a consultant to conduct an independent assessment of the Maldivian Judiciary.

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath welcomes former Justice Johann Kriegler. PHOTO: TWITTER

According to a circular released by the AG Office, Kriegler arrived in the country on Sunday, with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The former justice began assessing the judicial system since his arrival and will continue until the following Sunday, as part of the current administration's efforts for judicial reform.

Kriegler is scheduled to meet governmental administrative departments, judicial and other relevant state institutions, civic organizations and experts in the field.

His assessment includes analysing current laws and policies, drafting revisions to restructure the Judicature, evaluating the process of judicial appointments, and exploring possibilities to revise the procedure of taking disciplinary action in cases of misconduct.

A deadline for August 29, 2019, was allocated to present his findings and 'recommendations' to the AG Office.

He was called to the Johannesburg Bar in 1959, having obtained his LLB degree in 1958.

Kriegler served thrice as Chairman and Secretary of the Johannesburg Bar Council and as Secretary of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.

Additionally, he is a founding Chairman of Lawyers for Human Rights.

Between 1990 and 1993, he was an acting judge in the Appellate Division, then the apex court of South Africa. He was permanently appointed to its bench in 1993.

In 1994, he was appointed founding justice of the newly formed Constitutional Court of South Africa, and completed his term in 2002.

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