Dheebanaz, Saleem appointed as High Court judges

Dheebanaz Fahmy and Mohamed Saleem have been appointed as High Court judges.

The two were sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Al-Ustaz Husnu Al Suood at a ceremony at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Chief Justice Ahmed Muthasim Adnan, Attorney General, and JSC Member Ibrahim Riffath and JSC members.

Dheebanaz Fahmy holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Malaysia International Islamic University and a Master of Law from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has 17 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Dheebanaz, who is also the Deputy Prosecutor General, was a Criminal Court judge until her High Court appointment. She was appointed to the Criminal Court on September 2, 2020.

Judge Mohamed Saleem holds a Bachelor's degree from Kulliyat Dhiraasathul Islamiyya. He has served as a legal officer of the High Court for 12 years.

The JSC announced the decision to appoint Dheebanaz and Saleem as High Court judges on July 7. The posts of two High Court judges became vacant following the resignation of Judge Abdul Rauf Ibrahim and the removal of Judge Abdulla Hameed. Several judges working in Male' City courts applied for the post.

Recently, former Chief Justice of the Family Court Huzaifa Mohamed replaced High Court Judge Ali Sameer following his resignation. Huzaifa was appointed to the post on June 27.

A High Court judge receives a basic salary of MVR 36,000, a living allowance of MVR 15,000, a risk allowance of MVR 3,300, as well as a medical allowance and phone allowance as determined by Parliament.