Watch: Malta’s legal compilation system needs updating – Minister for Justice

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Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici told Newsbook.com.mt that Malta’s legal compilation system needs updating.

According to Bonnici, presently, if a person accused of a crime agrees to testify in his own case, he will have to testify three times – after being arrested, during the compilation of evidence, and in front of a jury if the case reaches that stage. He said that it is time that this system changes. He emphasised the importance of consultations and caution when implementing such changes.

The Minister also told Newsbook.com.mt that Malta regularly holds discussions with other countries in order to learn from their best practices, especially when it comes to the criminal justice system. Bonnici stated that reforms were needed. He also mentioned that Malta is currently splitting the role of the Office of the Attorney General in two as part of these reforms.

A number of months ago, Bonnici met the Chargé d’Affaires of the American Embassy in Malta Mark Schapiro. When asked about the meeting, a spokesperson for the embassy told Newsbook.com.mt that the embassy does not share the minutes of meetings it has with Government officials.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said the meeting focused on the “excellent cooperation” between the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) and the Ministry.