President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Tuesday, met with the newly inaugurated Executive Committee of the Maldives’ Bar Council at the President’s Office.
The President congratulated the members on their electoral victories and expressed his opinion that the formation of the Bar Council was a milestone for Maldives. He further stated that the council's work would positively shape the country's legal community and judicial institutions in addition as well as increasing public confidence.
The members, including the Council’s President Maumoon Hameed and Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath, thanked President Solih for the encouragement and reciprocated his sentiments. They expressed hopes that a positive working relationship between the council and the administration could be maintained.
In addition, President Solih acknowledged that the Bar Council could only fulfil its mandate if the government respected its independence and offered full cooperation.
Guaranteeing complete state support to the Bar Council, he reaffirmed the current administration's dedication to upholding the rule of law without fear or favor. President Solih stated that the government welcomed the prospect of working alongside the Bar Council and its Executive Committee in the months and years ahead.
The Bar Council was formed under the recently ratified Legal Professions Bill, a long-anticipated piece of legislation that aims to hold members of the legal profession accountable and ensure that lawyers perform their duties efficiently.
The Bar Council is mandated to investigate disciplinary cases against lawyers, issue legal licences, improve the quality of law education and maintain lawyers' integrity.
In addition to President Maumoon Hameed, Vice President Abdullah Muizz and Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath, the Bar Council comprises of six executive committee members: former prosecutor-general Ahmed Muizz, former MP Anara Naeem, former judge Aisha Shujoon, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Secretary-General Anas Abdul Sattar, and lawyers Mohamed Faisal and Mohamed Aseel Hassan.