3 in every 1,000 inhabitants are lawyers

Three in every 1,000 inhabitants are lawyers according to the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard published in April.

309 individuals per 100,000 inhabitants are lawyers, ranking Malta in the fifth place after Luxembourg, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Perceived judicial independence

42% perceive judicial independence as fairly good in Malta, while 18% perceive it as fairly bad.

The main reason among the general Maltese public for the perceived lack of independence was interference or pressure from government and politicians (16%), interference or pressure from economic or other specific events (15%) and the status and position of judges do not sufficiently guarantee their independence (12%).

Average length of Money laundering court cases

Parties in money laundering cases waited on 1465 days on average for the court to deal with their cases in 2017. The data comes from the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard published in April.

While no data was provided for Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom, the Maltese courts therefore take the longest in the bloc to deal with money laundering. While Luxembourg took the least number of days in 2016, followed by Estonia, only Latvia was second to Malta in taking long to deal with money laundering cases.

Government total expenditure on law courts

The general government total expenditure on law courts was of €62 per inhabitant in 2017, while in 2016 this amounted to €63. Luxembourg’s general government total expenditure on law courts was €215 per inhabitant, ranking the highest, while for Cyprus this amounted to €30 per inhabitant, ranking the lowest.

The EU Justice Scoreboard

The EU Justice Scoreboard is a comparative information tool that aims to assist the EU and Member States to improve the effectiveness of national justice system. The Scoreboard helps in identifying good practices, improvements and potential shortcomings. Trends in the functioning of national justice systems also emerge over time.

The 2019 Scoreboard includes new indicators on the authorities involved in disciplinary proceedings regarding judges, in the main management powers over national prosecution services and in the appointment and dismissal of national prosecutors. As well as new overview on how financial resources are spent in each justice system, and a new overview on the standards used in highest courts to improve the quality of judgement, in cooperation with the European judicial networks.

Government welcomes report

In a statement the Government welcomed the EU Justice Scoreboard published by the European Commission, saying that while challenges remain, the report shows that overall the efficiency has improved in Malta’s justice system. The Government said it remains committed to improve the justice system.