High Court Judge Ali Sameer has been nominated as the High Court representative on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
A vote was taken among High Court judges to appoint Sameer to the commission. The High Court and Supreme Court representatives who sit on JSC are chosen through a vote taken between the judges of the respective courts.
A seat on JSC became vacant when High Court Judge Abdul Rauf Ibrahim resigned from the commission. He resigned from the post when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih nominated him for Supreme Court judgeship, and forwarded his name to the JSC.
However, JSC has not made a decision regarding appointing Rauf to the Supreme Court as the commission is investigating a complaint filed at the commission regarding the judge.
Judge Sameer was formerly the Chief Judge of the Civil Court. He has also filled in as the Interim Chief of the High Court. Judge Sameer studied Shariah and law at Egypt's Al-Azhar University, and holds a Masters degree in comparative law from Malaysia's International Islamic University.
The 10-member Judicial Service Commission consist of the Speaker of the People’s Majlis, a Judge of the Supreme Court, a Judge of the High Court, a Judge of the Lower Courts, a member of the People’s Majlis, a member of the general public, the President of the Civil Service Commission, a person appointed by the President, the Attorney General, and a lawyer elected from among the lawyers licensed to practice in the Maldives.