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Access to Justice in Maldives: Striving for Equality and Fairness

Access to justice is a fundamental pillar of any democratic society, ensuring fairness, equality, and the rule of law. Unfortunately, the Maldives faces significant challenges in its justice system, hindering its ability to deliver justice effectively. In this article, we will shed light on the main issues faced by the justice system in the Maldives […]

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Impact of the New Civil Procedure Code

The Maldives introduced a new Civil Procedure Code on June 16th, 2022, with the aim of bringing more efficiency to the country‚Äôs legal system and speeding up the resolution of cases. The introduction of the new code was expected to bring improvements to the legal system, but according to some lawyers, it cannot be said that the […]

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Maldives Government Increases GST Tax Rate

On November 16th, the Maldives Government passed a bill proposed by the government to increase the GST tax rate for both the tourism sector and the general sector. Starting from the new year of 2023, taxpayers will be charged higher GST and TGST in the Maldives. On November 22nd, the President ratified the Goods and […]

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Understanding the Difference between Criminal and Civil Offences

Understanding the Difference between Criminal and Civil Offences: Can a Criminal Punishment be Given for a Civil Offence? The legal system is divided into two major categories: criminal law and civil law. While criminal law is concerned with offenses against society, civil law deals with disputes between individuals or entities. It’s essential to understand the […]

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Demurrage Charges in International Shipping Explained

Demurrage is a common term in the shipping industry, and it refers to the charges imposed on shippers or consignees for the delay in returning cargo containers to the shipping line beyond the agreed-upon free days. Demurrage charges can be significant, and it is essential to understand who is responsible for paying them, how they […]

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New Civil Procedure Code Ratified to Enhance Efficiency and Transparency in Civil Litigation Process

The President ratified the Civil Procedure Code (Act No: 32/2021) on 16th December 2021. This is a significant development in the legal landscape of the country, as it encompasses the rules governing civil litigation. The Code covers various aspects of the civil litigation process, including pre-trial procedures, proceedings at trial, general rules of evidence applicable […]

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Trademark Registration in Maldives

Trademark Registration in Maldives Trademark registration is an important process for any business looking to protect its brand identity and distinguish itself from competitors. In the Maldives, official trademark registration is only possible for companies that are registered in the country, and the process is overseen by the Ministry of Economic Development. In this article, […]

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How Covid-19 Lockdown Brought Positive Changes to Maldivian Legal System

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes in the way we live and work, and the Maldivian legal system is no exception. While the pandemic has presented many challenges, it has also brought about positive changes to the legal system in the Maldives, particularly in terms of reducing the amount of paperwork involved in […]

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New Law Aims to Protect Consumers and Businesses in Maldives

Maldives Enacts New Competition Law to Promote Fair Business Practices On August 31, 2020, the Government of the Republic of Maldives ratified the Competition and Fair Business Practices Act, which will come into effect on March 1, 2021. The purpose of this act is to promote positive competition and fair business practices, while prohibiting agreements […]

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Supreme Court Rules MIRA Lacks Legal Authority to Sue for Non-Tax Payments

The Supreme Court of Maldives made a landmark decision in the case of Moosa Naseer v Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) on June 22, 2020. The case centered around the authority of MIRA to sue for non-tax payments and whether it had the legal power to initiate court action to recover lease rent and fines […]

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