The Supreme Court of the Maldives will go into recess starting from 01 December 2020, until 03 January 2020. Chapter 7(a) of Act No. 22/2010 (the Judicature Act) states that, unless otherwise provided for under majority decision of the Supreme Court Justices, the Supreme Court shall commence its sitting every year on the first working day of January each year. This sitting shall continue without break until the last working day of the last week of November, the same year. From such date until the first working day of January the following year, the Supreme Court shall be at Recess.
Unless decided otherwise by a Supreme Court Justices’ conference, there will be no Court hearings during the Recess period. The only exemptions to this being; an event of a State of Emergency being declared under Article 253 of the Constitution, or cases when the Constitution or any law at the time being in force requires a matter to be heard and disposed within a stipulated time frame.
Although hearings and determination of suit is suspended during the duration of Recess, registration of new cases, and the general administration of the Court will continue without break.