President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Wednesday, announced the establishment of ‘Maldives Bar Council’.
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 council is mandated to investigate disciplinary cases against lawyers, issue legal licenses, improve the quality of law education and maintain lawyers’ integrity.
In addition to President Maumoon Hameed, Vice President Abdulla 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.
Through a directive issued from the President’s Office, President Solih also announced that all official letters addressed to the Bar Council must use the number 480, under the numbering system for state agencies.