A total of 114 lawyers received their warrant from Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. 46 are male and 68 are female.

Minister Bonnici congratulated the new lawyers and highlighted the importance and responsibility this profession carries with it. He encoruaged those present to follow the Code of Ethics and to behave in a serious and responsible manner as they are now representing a crucial sector in our country � justice.

Minister Bonnici also spoke about the fact that the government is committed to continue working to strengthen the Judicial sector and for it to be truly of service to citizens more efficiently.

Whilst he mentioned ongoing upgrades within the Courts of Malta, including the ongoing project to improve its IT infrastructure, which is an investment of nearly half a million euro, he made reference to the various reforms carried out within the justice sector recently which in turn will continue strenghtening this crucial sector in our country.

He said that each and every one of them was a step forward in strengthening our rule of law and democracy. He mentioned the barring of prescription on crimes of corruption done by politicians, the media and defamation law, the strengthening of the Commission of the Administration of Justice and the setting up of the Asset Recovery Bureau. He also referred to the increase of sessions in the Court of Appeal, as well as the improvement done in the efficiency analysis system within this fundamental pillar of our country.

During 2018, we witnessed the appointment of a new Chief Justice, and also the appointment of 3 new magistrates and 3 new judges, which led us to a historic event which is a first in our country. The judiciary is now mainly made up of females, totalling to 23 women and 22 men. This is a very positive achievement especially when we look at six years ago when only 35% of judges were women, Minister Bonnici continued.

Minister Bonnici concluded by congratulating those present and referred to the commitment this government and the Ministry for Justice has, to this sector and encouraged the professionals in front of him that through their help and work, they can be part of this holistic justice reform.

Source: Government of Malta