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Courts close 21,000 out of 31,000 cases in 2019: DJA

Fathmath Shaahunaz
15 January 2020, MVT 19:41
Justice Building in Male' City. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
15 January 2020, MVT 19:41

Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) disclosed that courts around the country tried over 31,000 cases, of which more than 21,000 were closed, in the year 2019.

According to DJA's statistics, over 20,900 cases were submitted last year to the courts, including the Supreme Court, High Court, lower courts in capital Male' and magistrate courts in the atolls. The total number of cases reached over 31,000, counting 10,000 pending cases from 2018.

The courts closed more than 21,300 cases, which account for 69 percent and is a four percent improvement from the previous year.

As per the statistics, Civil Court in Male' received and closed the most number of cases in 2019. However, the family court has the highest ratio of closed to submitted cases, having concluded over 3,000 of 3,600 cases it received.

Criminal Court received 3,000 cases, of which only 1,300 were concluded. However, DJA noted that this was an improvement from 2018.

Supreme Court brings up the rear, with only 49 closed cases out of 247 (20 percent).

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