Court employee tests positive for COVID-19

More cases deferred

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A person working in Court tested positive for Covid-19. This was confirmed to Newsbook.com.mt by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, who went on to explain that this person had no symptoms while at work last week.

Responding to questions sent by Newsbook.com.mt, the spokesperson explained that the person started to feel the symptoms at the end of last week, and that she did not return to work after. The spokesperson claimed that other officials who may have been in contact with her have been asked not to physically report for work until contact tracing is carried out by the health authorities. This site is informed that there is a Magistrate who is in quarantine.

What measures are being taken in court?

  • Monitoring the temperature of everyone entering the building
  • Use of masks and visors
  • Distribution of hand sanitizers
  • Social distancing measures
  • Regular fumigation of the building

What new measures have been introduced in recent days?

After discussions with members of the Judiciary, the Chamber of Advocates and even the Chamber of Legal Procurators it was decided that:

  • All cases will be scheduled a specific time, so that there is no mass of people entering the Court at the same time, and the amount of people in the building is better distributed along the day.
  • The public is allowed to enter the Court building no more than 15 minutes before the time of the hearing.
  • Resources (equipment and people) have been increased at the entrance to the Court to reduce the entrance’s waiting time.

More cases deferred

Additionally, more cases are being re-scheduled to a further date. These cases were to appear before Magistrate Simone Grech. 

Most of these cases deal with board governing rent, led by Magistrates Simone Grech, Josette Demicoli, and Claire Stafrace Zammit. 

The entire list of changes can be accessed here.