The first-ever independent constitutional accountability body for The judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission, was constituted following the adoption of the newly introduced doctrine of (democratic) governance in the constitution adopted on 7 August 2008.
Initially, an interim JSC was set up on 4 September 2008; and this automatically dissolved on 26 July 2009 with the appointment of the 10-Member Commission (Art. 158) by President Nasheed under Art. 157.
In its short life, JSC Governance has been a matter of internal conflict, with the majority maintaining all is well, despite three changes to the chair, often quite controversial (albeit the silence in the local media.
27 July 2009 - 21 January 2010
Justice Abdul Ghani Mohamed of the High Court of Maldives
Vice Chair Justice Mujuthaaz Fahmy of the interim supreme court.
Twilight Period 21 January 2010 - 11 March 2010
JSC Vice Chair takes over and refuse to hold elections.
11 March 2010 - 7 August 2010
Chair Justice Mujuthaaz Fahmy of the interim Supreme Court.
Election of Vice Chair refused.
8 August 2010 - 31 August 2010
31 August 2010 to date
Chair Justice UZ. Adam Mohamed Abdulla of the Supreme Court.
I, drawing from my knowledge and experience of democratic governance, beg to differ, and I believe JSC must transform itself and institutionalise as the democratic independent body the constitution envisioned, in order to protect the independence of judges and to build public confidence in the judiciary.
These links support my claims that the JSC does not work to uphold its' constitutional/legal duties, nor fulfill its constitutional/legal obligations; but rather works in secrecy to further a personal and political agenda of some of its members.