The responsibility of the Chief Justice of the High Court has been temporarily handed over to Justice Hussain Shaheed.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) made the decision on Thursday following Chief Justice Hathif Hilmy's request to retire from his position. The request, submitted on November 6, has been accepted by the JSC.
Hathif was appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court on November 26, 2020. His retirement came while the JSC accepted the retirement of High Court judge Shuaib Hussain Zakariyya earlier last month.
Justice Hussain Shaheed, who will be the acting Chief Justice of the High Court, was appointed as a High Court judge on July 24, 2018. He studied Sharia and Law at Egypt's Al-Azhar University and Kuliyat al-Dirasat al-Islamiyya and holds a Master of Islamic Judicial Science and Sharia Policy from the Islamic University of the Maldives.
Shaheed has held the positions of Magistrate of Feydhoo Magistrate Court, Chief Magistrate of N. Holhudhoo Magistrate Court, and Criminal Court Judge. Shaheed has also served as an assistant legal officer in the Criminal Court and as a state prosecutor.