The parliament has approved the names of Aisha Shujoon Mohamed and Dr. Azmiralda Zahir, to be appointed to the Supreme Court judges bench.
Their names were approved with votes from 62 members present at the parliament sitting on Tuesday. One member had voted against them, while one other member abstained from the vote.
The names of Shujoon and Azmiralda had been sent for parliamentary review by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on August 26. The President had also submitted the names of three High Court judges who applied for the two new seats in the Supreme Court judges bench, through Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
All their names had been reviewed by the parliament's judiciary committee, who unanimously decided on Tuesday to approve the names of Shujoon and Azmiralda. The President had also sought the counsel of JSC in appointing Shujoon and Azmiralda to Supreme Court. JSC had approved their names during a commission meeting held on August 26.
Aisha Shujoon Mohamed is the first female judge that had been appointed to any court in Maldives. She resigned from her position as a Civil Court Judge in 2015. She was recently elected to the executive committee of the newly formed Bar Council.
Dr. Azmiralda Zahir is the first and only female judge to have been appointed to the High Court. She resigned from the court in 2016.
Once appointed, Shujoon and Azmiralda will become the first two female judges to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
Two new judges are being appointed to the Supreme Court, after the parliament passed the amendments to the Judicature Act, to increase the number of judges at the Supreme Court to seven. The amendment was passed on July 17.