Chris Soler becomes State Advocate

Ritratt: MJEG

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Dr Chris Soler will serve as Malta’s second state advocate, following the resignation of Dr Victoria Buttigieg a few months into the role before her being appointed as Attorney General.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the government in a statement.

A second call had to be issued after no one applied during the first call for applications which closed on 22 September.

Dr Soler will be appointed immediately as state advocate, and will be the second to serve in the newly created constitutional post. Dr Victoria Buttigieg, who was recently appointed Attorney General, served only in the role for a few months.

The role was created to separate the dual role of the Attorney General’s Office following the recommendations of a group of experts from the Council of Europe. The law separated the role of the public prosecutor and government’s legal counsel into two offices that of the attorney general and the state advocate.

The selection process was handled by an appointment commission chaired by Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Azzopardi along with board members Judge Emeritus Lawrence Quintano and Judge Emeritus Antonio Mizzi.

About Dr Soler

Dr Soler obtained his warrant to practice law in 2000. He has practiced in the criminal field as well as having lectured at the University of Malta. He was also the director of legal services at the University of Malta and chaired the Refugee Appeal Board.