Dr Lorraine Schembri Orland and Dr Natasha Galea Sciberras (click on names for photographs) were this afternoon sworn as judge of the Superior Courts and magistrate of the Inferior Courts respectively.
At a ceremony held at the President’s Palace in Valletta, Dr Schembri Orland and Dr Galea Sciberras took the oath of allegiance and the oath of office in the presence of the President of Malta, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice and the minister responsible for justice. The Attorney General, Dr Peter Grech, and members of the families of the two new members of the judiciary were also in attendance.
After the official ceremony Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri, following a practice begun by his predecessor, presented Madam Justice Schembri Orland and Magistrate Dr Galea Sciberras with a copy of the Code of Ethics for Members of the Judiciary. Madam Justice Schembri Orland was also presented with the traditional pair of ceremonial white gloves worn by serving judges.
As from today the number of judges, including the Chief Justice, stands at 22 (with one judge – Mr Justice Vincent A. De Gaetano – currently serving as the judge elected in respect of Malta on the European Court of Human Rights), and the number of magistrates at 21.