STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT triggering the legislative process in Parliament on changes mentioned by the Venice Commission

After this the Government announced that it would begin with the implementation of the changes mentioned by the Venice Commission, today skatta the legislative process as in Parliament became the first reading of the following drafts:

i. The first reading of the draft law called “Act to further carry out reforms in the field of Justice (Attorney General)”

ii. First Reading of the Bill called “Act to continue performing reforms in the field of Justice (Police)”

iii. First Reading of the Bill called “Act to continue performing reforms in the field of Justice (Constitutional Commissions)”

iv. First Reading of the Bill called “Act to continue performing reforms in the field of Justice (Ombudsman)”

v. The first reading of the draft law called “Act to further carry out reforms in the field of Justice (Public Service)”

As the bill that relates to the Attorney General’s Office and to the objective of separating the civilian functions than prosecution of this Office, the Government is committed to this through by all parliamentary legislative steps to become law until after the summer recess.

“The fact that this government is acting less than one hundred days since the publication of the report of the Venice Commission is a clear indication of the commitment and determination that this same government has to continue to carry out major legislative reforms “, said the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici.

“With these reforms we are going to change laws so that as a government we inherited from previous administrations and some of them have been in the country’s legal system for decades if not centuries,” he says Minister Owen Bonnici.

These drafts whose trial began today, accounting for a third of the changes mentioned by the Venice Commission.

All it has to complement the various reforms that the government has already implemented including:

i. Removing the limitation on the politicians who make corrupt

ii. The constitutional reform of the Justice sector introducing more transparent with regard to the appointments of judges;

iii. The law gives protection to whistleblower – which law report funded recently been rated among the best in Europe

iv. The new law on media and defamation giving unprecedented freedoms to journalistic expression and closed the chapter on criminal libel;

v. I setting up a parliamentary committee to scrutinize the most public regulatory and diplomatic appointments; and

vi. The introduction of the law on party financing, among others.

This Government, although already done much as concerns R- rule of law , remains committed to continue with the positive legal reforms necessary to ensure that Gozitan and Maltese citizens live in a society where the democracy and human rights are respected and safeguarded.

Source: Government of Malta