Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi is to be lauded for deciding to deliver judgement on 23 cases in empty court before he retires on 8 April.
Had he not opted for this solution, there would have had to be a retrial for all these cases.
Judge Azzopardi’s decision is to be considered an act of great responsibility not only vis a’ vis all parties concerned but also vis–a–vis Maltese society.
The Minister of Justice, Edward Zammit Lewis, has however failed to turn this occasion into an opportunity, since he has failed to use his powers to ensure that this hearing is streamed live, as any Local Council meeting, so that justice can actually be seen to be done by the general public.
One hopes that, in this era dominated by coronavirus, other court cases or inquiries of national importance, are continued in empty halls, without the presence of the press or the general public, and are streamed live.
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