Hussain Shahid has been announced as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of the Maldives. This pivotal decision comes after the esteemed Chief Justice Hatif Hilmi's retirement, leaving the prestigious position open for a new successor.
Interestingly, Shahid was the sole applicant for this role. Following Chief Justice Hilmi’s departure, Shahid had already been temporarily holding the reins as the interim Chief Justice. This recent decision by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) merely solidifies his position and places the responsibility of upholding the judiciary's esteemed values upon him.
Shahid’s journey through the Maldivian judicial system has been both diverse and enriching. Before being appointed as a High Court Judge in July 2018, he made his mark as the Addu Feydhoo Magistrate, Hulhudhoo Magistrate, and subsequently, the Criminal Court Judge. These varied roles endowed him with the necessary experience and insight to lead the High Court of the Maldives.
The Maldivian judiciary also welcomes Judge Maryam Waheed as the new Chief Justice of the Civil Court. Maryam Waheed is an esteemed professional with an academic background from the Maldives College of Higher Education, later enhancing her qualifications with a master's degree from Villa College. Since 2013, she has been a stalwart presence in the judiciary, serving diligently both as a magistrate and judge.