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Chamber of Advocates agrees with PN's proposal to temporarily freeze judicial appointments

Kevin Schembri Orland Thursday, 11 February 2016, 17:24 Last update: about 5 years ago

Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil today proposed a freeze on appointments of the judiciary until judicial reforms conclude. On this point, Chamber of Advocates President George Hyzler agreed with such a freeze, "on the assumption that this would be for a short time".

"Obviously, if it takes too long and there would be a need for new members of the Judiciary, then you can't keep it frozen indefinitely"

Dr Busuttil appealed to government to discuss judicial reforms in Parliament as soon as possible.

Referring to the proposals within the Private Member's Bill (presented earlier today and also the topic of the meeting between the Chamber and the opposition) Dr Busuttil said - "we did not come up with these ideas, we took them from the Chamber of Advocates and the Bonello Commission". 

"In light of the recent controversy, this is the time for this change to occur," he said. 

The PN's bill was presented in the wake of two controversial nominations to the judiciary, one of whom has declined.

For his part, Dr Hyzler said he was pleased that the Chamber's proposals, in the midst of a debate which has been ongoing for some time, received positive feedback from Government, the opposition and the public alike.

The press were present in the room for opening remarks.

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