State Attorney and Attorney General offices set for Admiralty House

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits ongoing restoration works on new AGAS premises DOI / Clodagh O'Neill Farrugia

The offices of Attorney General and State Attorney will be hosted at the newly renovated Admiralty House, it has been confirmed.

The former Fine Arts Museum is currently undergoing a rehabilitation and restoration project which is understood to exceed €4,300,000.

Works are anticipated to be completed by the first quarter of 2020, in line with plans for the new offices to execute their functions by Summer 2020.

The role of State Attorney General was recently announced by the Justice Minister as part of the implementations of the Venice Commission report, which called for the separation of the dual roles held by the Attorney General.

The new State Attorney will act as the legal adviser to the government.

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Restoration work

The restoration of the 17th Century palazzo will see repairs to the building façades, ceilings and apertures, along with the installation of new mechanical and electrical services and furniture to modernize the offices.

The palazzo is understood to have been one of the earliest homes of the knights. By the early 19th Century, the property became the home of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Mediterranean Fleet until 1961, thus giving it the name Admiralty House. By the 1970s, the building had become the National Museum of Fine Arts before they were moved to MUZA.

Visiting the works, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici said, ‘This project will see to the rehabilitation of one of the oldest buildings in our capital city, which will be serving as the location of two important offices for the justice sector.’