The Maldives has seen a significant milestone in its legal system with the successful completion of the country's first-ever bar examination. Out of the 176 candidates who appeared for the exam, 68% have passed, with 18 individuals being recognized as top achievers by the Bar Council.
The bar exam, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2019, was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was eventually held in November of last year in Male' city and Addu City, with an average pass rate of 66%.
The bar exam is one of the two essential steps required for individuals to be granted permission to practice law in the Maldives. Along with passing the exam, candidates must also complete a training program. The bar council exam is divided into five main components: the Maldivian Legal System, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Professional Ethics, and Law Drafting.
It's worth noting that government lawyers and legal officers working in government offices are exempt from the bar examination requirement.
This is a significant step forward for the Maldives legal system, and will pave the way for a stronger and more qualified legal profession in the country.