On Tuesday 27 October 2009 the Hon. Mr Justice Michael Mallia, who was appointed to the Superior Courts on the 29 September, held the traditional inaugural sitting in Hall 22 (the Criminal Court). The court room was packed with Judges and Magistrates, both serving and retired, headed by the Chief Justice Vincent De Gaetano, members of the legal profession headed by the President of the Chamber of Advocates Dr Andrew Borg Cardona, and members of the family of Mr Justice Mallia, including his brother the Hon. Mr Justice Tonio Mallia. Present also for the inaugural sitting were His Excellency the President of Malta Dr George Abela and the Attorney General Dr Silvio Camilleri. Addresses were delivered by Dr Borg Cardona and by Mr Justice Michael Mallia; the latter later hosted all those present to a reception in the premises of the Chamber of Advocates within the court building.