The Malta Independent 25 February 2020, Tuesday

Reform of judicial appointments ‘a priority’ – Justice Minister

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 15:26 Last update: about 14 days ago

The reform in the way judges and magistrates are appointed is a priority for the government, Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis told the Chamber of Advocates in a meeting this afternoon.

The government has some ideas on the matter by the minister said he is open to suggestions from the chamber to make the system more efficient.

“However, we also have to look at the citizens’ perspective as I was elected by the people for the people,” he said.

The appointment of members of the judiciary has been under the spotlight for several months as the Prime Minister still holds too much power in the exercise. The most recent appointment of three judges and magistrates ended up in court.

Zammit Lewis said he intends to have an open discussion with the chamber as he has with the Venice Commission, which needs to understand that there is no “one-size-fits-all” template.

The meeting between the government and the chamber also discussed the Lawyers’ Act and other matters such as delays in the administration of justice.

The chamber delegation was led by president Louis Degabriele.

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