The Judicial Year 2012-2013 was inaugurated this morning (Monday 1 October 2012) with the traditional convocation and speeches.
Judges and Magistrates, headed by the Chief Justice, convened in the Criminal Court. The President of the Chamber of Advocates, Dr Reuben Balzan, addressed the joint Bench, touching upon, among others, the proposed changes in the conditions of work of members of the Judiciary and the need for greater accountability (see brief report in The Times (of Malta) online). He was followed by the Chief Justice, who in his forty minute speech, addressed his colleagues, the members of the legal profession (Advocates and Legal Procurators) who crowded into the court room, as well as the Executive and Legislative authorities of the country (click here for the entire text of the C.J.’s speech in Maltese). Chief Justice Camilleri noted in particular that it would be unwise to postpone any further the proposed reforms in the conditions of work of the Judiciary. He also spoke at length on the new system of the hearing of all cases by appointment.
Present for the occasion were the President of Malta (H.E. Dr George Abela), the Minister responsible for Justice (the Hon. Dr Chris Said), the Parliamentary Ombudsman (Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino), the Attorney General (Dr Peter Grech), the Chairman of the Judicial Studies Committee (Judge Joseph D. Camilleri), the President of the Chamber of Legal Procurators (Mr Peter Sammut), members of the Commission for the Administration of Justice, and members of the general public.
Earlier in the day members of the Judiciary joined Advocates and Legal Procurators in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.