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Business law in the Maldives

Legal Framework

Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Historically, the judicial process has been slow and, often, arbitrary. The Maldivian judiciary is a semi-independent institution but has been subjected to executive influence, particularly the Supreme Court, despite the fact that articles 141 and 142 of the Maldives Constitution affirm the independence of the judiciary.
The Language of Justice
Divehi. Article 51 of the Constitution states that everyone charged with an offence has the right "to an interpreter to be provided by the State where he does not speak the language in which the proceedings are conducted, or is deaf or mute".
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The Maldives legal system is based on a mixture of Islamic Law and English common law. English common law greatly influences the civil and commercial laws of the country, and it is one of the main sources of the law together with the Constitution and Shariah Law.
Checking National Laws Online
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