Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) warned late Monday that action will be taken against those that leak information of trials to the media, attempt to influence trials, and obstruct the mandate of judges.
The warning came in the midst of heavy criticism by the opposition against Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed.
DJA noted in a statement that various individuals and entities have been spreading false information regarding judges via the media. The administration warned that any lawyers and attorneys that are caught influencing the trials or obstructing the mandate of the judiciary will have their license suspended either temporarily or permanently.
The statement also highlighted that content that could influence trials are being published by media outlets despite multiple admonitions to refrain from such acts. Warning to not repeat such actions, DJA declared that action will be taken against violators in accordance with the Judicature Act, regulations of the Supreme Court and the regulation to prevent Contempt of Court.
DJA’s statement was issued after members of the joint opposition went to the apex court to meet Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed over the court’s delay in issuing a verdict on the case of some opposition lawmakers being disqualified from the parliament by the Elections Commission. The opposition members were unable to meet Saeed and, later speaking to reporters outside the court, called on the Supreme Court to expedite the verdict reading.