The Forensic Year 2008/2009 was inaugurated on Wednesday 1 October with the now traditional sitting involving the full bench of judges and a number of magistrates. The sitting was held in the Criminal Court. The President of the Chamber of Advocates, Dr Andrew Borg Cardona, and the Chief Justice delivered short speeches highlighting certain aspects of the workings of the courts. Present for the ceremony were The President of Malta Dr Edward Fenech Adami, the Minister of Justice and Home Affairs Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, the Deputy Attorney General Dr Peter Grech, the President of the Chamber of Legal Procurators Mr Edgar Montanaro and the Shadow Minister for Justice Dr Jose` Herrera.
Earlier in the day members of the Chamber of Advocates and of the Chamber of Legal Procurators, together with some judges and magistrates, attended mass in the Oratory of St John's Co-Cathedral, which was celebrated by Mgr. Arthur Said Pullicino.