The Malta Independent 13 August 2022, Saturday

Update: Minister Bonnici, catalyst for change in the Maltese Justice System - PL; PN reacts

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:12 Last update: about 8 years ago

The PL insisted that it is the current government, thanks to Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, which is completely revamping the Justice System with the inclusion of a number of measures which are aimed at reducing the time for judgements to be reached, as well as more effective system on the whole.

The PL also went on to say that Leader of the Opposition, Simon Busuttil waited until today to make a proposal about the appointment of the judiciary which is about to be enacted by the government, but when he had the chance, during the last two electoral manifestos which he wrote, there was nothing about appointments. Adding also that in 25 years, the PN made no changes whatsoever in terms of reforming the Justice Sector, so much so that nothing proposed by Judge Bonello was ever enacted.

In reaction, the PN released a statement saying that Minister Owen Bonnici will remain down in our country's history as the Minister of Justice who went against the Constitution of Malta.

The PN added that, throughout all the attacks from the PL, it is so alternative as a government that it is not going to wait until it is in government to commit to the reforms the country needs, but from the opposition, the PN are about to propose a new bill of laws that should lead to a radical change in the appointments within the judiciary. Also insisting that, if Owen Bonnici didn't go his job as Minister, the least he could do is second what is being proposed by the opposition.

The Dean of the Faculty of Laws, Kevin Aquilina, was also mentioned in the statement as having said that Minister Bonnici has had a new bill on his desk for 28 months, but hasn't done anything about it.

The PN finished the statement by saying that this is not the government which the people have voted for, and the Maltese and Gozitan people deserve much better.


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