Newly elected member of the Bar Council Executive Committee Mohamed Faisal has pledged to provide a free and fair working environment for Maldivian lawyers.
Speaking at VTV's Fasmanzaru Show, Faisal noted that the bar council has been established to address the different difficulties and challenges lawyers have had to face in the past. He said that lawyers have had a lot of restrictions in representing their clients in the past due to the fear of being handed down suspensions for saying something in or outside of the court.
Faisal said that the newly elected bar council will bring an end to the unjust suspensions handed down to lawyers, and that lawyers will be given the opportunity to respond to any accusations against them. Noting that the actions of several independent institutions have made it harder for the public to trust such institutions, Faisal assured that the newly elected bar council will set an example for all independent institutions.
Faisal added that none of the members elected to the bar council will bow down to political influence, and that he has no doubt they will all carry out their responsibilities in a professional manner.
He said that although the bar council is comprised of eight members, all lawyers could play an important role in the council by providing their opinion and advice on professional matters. He said that while negative influences will not be allowed, constructive feedback and positive influence from lawyers will be welcomed.
The new legal profession act specifies the bar council as the regulatory body of all 1488 registered lawyers in the country. The bar council is comprised of a president, vice president and an additional six members of the executive committee.