The Association of Judges and Magistrates of Malta has unanimously agreed to insist with the authorities that new members of the Judiciary should be appointed with urgency as the current workload on the courts is such that the present number of Judges and Magistrates are not able to cope with that work in an efficient and effective manner.
This was decided during the Association’s Annual General Meeting during which various issues pertaining to the efficient and effective operation of the courts were tackled.
In a statement, the Association of Judges and Magistrates of Malta said that the General Meeting unanimously also agreed to insist with the Ministry of Justice and Court Services Agency to ensure that the courts are given all the necessary tools, both as regards to staff as well as IT equipment so as to be able to function in an efficient and effective manner.
During the general Meeting it was also unanimously agreed that serious attempts need to be made to update and improve the Civil and Criminal procedure legislation in order to expedite proceedings before the court.
A new Committee was also elected for the next two years; Mr. Justice Francesco Depasquale, President; Madame Justice Joanne Vella Cuschieri, Secretary; Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit, Vice President; Magistrate Josette Demicoli, Treasurer; Mr. Justice Aaron Bugeja, International Secretary.