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01/07/2020

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND GOVERNANCE

Today in the House of Representatives, Minister for Justice, Equality, and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis tabled for the First Reading according to parliamentary procedure the following ten Bills; 

 

  1. An ACT to provide for the amendments of the Constitution of Malta relative to the appointment of the President of Malta.
  2. An ACT to provide for the amendment of the Constitution of Malta relative to the appointment of judges and magistrates.
  3. An ACT to provide for the amendments of the Constitution of Malta and to the Commission for the Administration of Justice Act, Cap. 369, relative to the removal from office of judges and magistrates.
  4. AN ACT to amend various laws aimed at reforming the procedure by which appointments to the Permanent Commission Against Corruption are made.
  5. An ACT to continue implementing reforms in the Justice Sector by providing for the judicial review of decisions not to prosecute and other decisions of the Attorney General.
  6. An ACT to amend laws regulate the Office of the Ombudsman.
  7. An ACT to provide for the amendment of the Auditor General and National Audit Office Act.
  8. An ACT to amend various laws to reform the procedure by which the appointments of the Principle Permanent Secretary and Permanent Secretaries are made. 
  9. An ACT to provide for the amendments of the laws relative to the appointment of persons of trust. 
  10. An ACT to provide for the amendment of various laws to reform the procedure for the making of various appointments. 

Minister Edward Zammit Lewis will be triggering the process for the first four bills to be published in line with the parliamentary procedure and for a discussion to be held in the House of Representatives as soon as possible. This forms part of the structured dialogue well underway with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, which will moreover give way to further important discussions to enhance our democratic structures and institutions, the rule of law, and good governance in Malta.

 

Minister Zammit Lewis noted that “this thorough and comprehensive process clearly proves that that the Robert Abela Administration is well prepared to develop, define and implement such key reforms, which were finalised and brought to the House of Representatives within only five months".​