Chief Justice Honorable Uz Abdullah Saeed
Chief Justice, was Born on 25 September 1964 in S. Meedhoo, Maldives. He received his L.L.B (Combined Honours Degree in Shari’ah and Law) from Al-Azhar University, Cairo in 1994. He received his L.L.M from IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta in 1999. He also attended a parliamentary studies and legal drafting course at the Lok Sabha, India in 1997. The Courses, national and international seminars and conferences he attended include Judicial studies and training programs at Judiciaries in Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia in 2001; Course on Effective Dispute Management in a Changing World, An Executive Programme in Negotiation and Mediation, conducted by Singapore Mediation Centre, Singapore, 2001; Seminar on Customer-Oriented Service, Organized by the Civil Service College (Singapore) in cooperation with Public Service Division, The President’s Office, Male’, 2000; Workshop on Aviation Accident Investigation, Singapore Aviation Academy, Singapore, 16 – 22 February 2000; WIPO National Workshop on Intellectual Property and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Male’, 1999; Special Course on International Maritime Labour Law in conjunction with ISF, ITF and MMA, Malta, 15 – 19 February 1999; Seminar on the FIDIC forms of contract (MASIONS) Male’, 1996; Workshop on EEZ Management and Maritime Legislation organized by Economic and Legal Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Male’, 1995. He is also under taking his L.L.D Program, in Public International Law.
He was admitted as an advocate of the Maldives in 1995. He began his legal carrier with Attorney General’s office. He served as a State Attorney in the Attorney General’s Office from 27 June 1995 to 12 September 1998 and from 8 June 1999 to 1 August 2000. As a State Attorney he represented the State in the Courts, and advised government departments on numerous legal matters presented for opinion at the Attorney General’s Office. He was appointed as Director of Institute of Shari’ah and Law of the Maldives College of Higher Education from 2 August 2000 to 31 January 2001.He was also appointed as the first Dean of Faculty of Sharia and Law (the Maldives National University) from 1 February 2001 to 24 April 2001, entrusted with the responsibility to lay the foundation of legal education in the Maldives. He also continued to teach law at certificate, diploma and degree level programmes conducted at the Faculty of Sharia’h and law, the Faculty of Management and Computing of the Maldives College of Higher Education, and at the college of Islamic Studies.
He served as a Director in Attorney General’s Office from 25 April 2001 to 15 June 2005 and the Assistant Director General, Public Prosecutions, from 16 June 2005 to 11 September 2005 As head of the prosecutions in the AGO he directed prosecutions to the Courts of the Republic of Maldives, while he also maintained his role in providing legal advice to the government department. His appointments include being Member of the Maritime Training Advisory Board, 2003 – 2005; Being Member of the Advisory Council to Narcotics Control Board, 2003 – 2005; Being Member of the Committee established under Clause 11 (b) of Act Number 77/7 (Act on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substance Use: 3rd Amendment), 2002 – 2005; Being Member of Tender Evaluation Board, 2001 – 2004; Being Member of the Law Commission of the Republic of Maldives, 1997 – 2002; Being Member of the Council for the Protection of the Rights of Children, Maldives, 1996 – 1998 and 2002 – 2005; Being Legal Officer, at the Unit of the Rights of Children in the Maldives. He joined legal office of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy from 17 September to 17 November 2006. He also served as Deputy Attorney General from 11 September 2008 to 18 September 2008.
He was appointed as a justice of Supreme Court of the Maldives, which was brought into being by the Constitution in 2008, and assumed office as Chief justice of the Maldives, pursuant to Article 285 (b) of the Constitution, from18 September 2008 to 10 August 2010. At the helm of the judiciary he inspired and guided efforts to reform and re organize the judiciary with the objective of building a responsive and efficient Judiciary system, capable of upholding the rule of law and citizens’ rights without compromising the function of dispensing justice. He introduced wide ranging reforms and innovative measures to improve the administration of justice and the service provided to the citizens by the judiciary. He assumed office as a justice of Supreme Court from 10 August 2010 to 14 December 2014. He was appointed as Chief Justice of the Maldives on 14 December 2014. He is well versed in in the Legal Systems: Common Law, Civil Law and Sharia’h. He is well versed in languages: Dhivehi, English, Arabic, Persian and Urdu
The Conferences and colloquiums he represented the Judiciary of the Maldives include South Asian Judges Colloquium on Equality and Non-Discrimination held in the Maldives by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 2009; Qatar Law Forum 2009; Conference on International Trade Law and Legal Aspects of Trans Border Investment, 2009, New Delhi; International Conference of Chief Justices of the World 2009, India; Pacific Judicial Reform Forum, in Singapore 2010; International Conference of Jurists 2011, London.