Venice Commission delegation to scrutinize law enforcement in Malta

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission will be sending a delegation to Malta on November 5 and 6. The Maltese Government had written to the Commission and requested that it would look into the country’s legal and institutional structures of law enforcement, investigation and prosecution. The Venice Commission has acceded to the request by the Government and this was confirmed by a letter sent by the Commission’s President Gianni Buquicchio.

The Venice Commission is an advisory body of the Council of Europe which is composed of independent experts in the field of constitutional law. The Commission, also consults on democratic institutions and fundamental rights, electoral law and constitutional justice.

Before the Government wrote to the Venice commission, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) Legal Affairs Committee had already requested a Venice Commission opinion on Malta’s constitutional arrangements on the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary and law enforcement bodies.

PACE’s Special Rapporteur on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia Pieter Omtzigt had welcomed the Government’s support to the request by the PACE legal affairs committee.

Buquicchio confirmed to the Justice Minister Owen Bonnici that the Commission would be looking into Malta’s structures. However the Commission had already confirmed this to the Legal Affairs Committee. The Commission is expected to unveil its opinion on the country’s legal structure sometime between 14 and 15 December.

The confirmation was reported by the European website Politico.