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Judges and Magistrates express their views

Report of the Judiciary, published on 9 August 2013, on the first Consultation Document prepared by the Commission on the Holistic Reform of the Justice System.
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Response by Chief Justice

A letter sent by Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri and published in the Sunday Times of Malta (12th May 2013) in response to certain comments made by Dr Giovanni Bonello.

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Social Rights in Malta -- An Overview

Paper by Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano.

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Retiring judge recalls best and worst moments
Article by Waylon Johnston (The Times, 26 February 2011) on Judge Joseph Filletti's last sitting before retiring on reaching the statutory age limit.

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Interview with the Chief Justice - Sunday Times of Malta
Chief Justice V. De Gaetano interviewed by journalist Kurt Sansone. The interview was published in the Sunday Times of the 5th September 2010.

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Bench bids farewell to punctual judge

Article by Waylon Johnston which appeared in The Times of the 24th June 2010.

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Fine-tuning the judicial system

Article by the Hon. Mr Justice Tonio Mallia which appeared in the Sunday Times of the 20th June 2010.

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A letter to The Malta Independent

A letter sent by the Registrar, Criminal Courts and Tribunals, by way of clarification with regard to certain comments in an article published in the same newspaper on the 1st June 2010. The letter was published on the 10th June 2010.

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Practical Aspects of Independence of Justice

Answers submitted by Malta to a questionnaire dealing with practical aspects of independence of justice. These answers and those submitted by other jurisdictions were discussed at a colloquium of the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union held in Dublin, Ireland, on the 19th March 2010.

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The Family in the Dock: The Maltese Experience

Paper delivered by Chief Justice Vincent De Gaetano on the 12th March 2010 at a conference held in Malta and organised by the International Commission on Couple and Family Relations (ICCFR) and the Cana Movement Malta.

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Retiring Judge gets standing ovation
Article by Waylon Johnston which appeared in The Times of the 10th October 2009.
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Interview with the Chief Justice - Sunday Times of Malta
Chief Justice V. De Gaetano interviewed by journalist Kurt Sansone. The interview was published in the Sunday Times of the 27th September 2009.
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Interview with the Chief Justice - Sunday Times of Malta

Chief Justice V. De Gaetano interviewed by journalist Steve Mallia. The interview was published in the Sunday Times of the 7th September 2008.
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A letter to the Times

A letter entitled "Luck of the draw" written by Joseph Sacco, Acting Registrar, Criminal Courts and Tribunals, and published in The Sunday Times of Malta of the 17th August 2008.
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A letter to the Times

A letter sent by Dr. Marse-Ann Farrugia (Judicial Assistant and Legal Secretary at the office of the Chief Justice) and published in the Sunday Times of the 13th July 2008.
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Questionnaire of the XIVth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts

Reply to a questionnaire for the XIVth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts held in Vilnius, Lithuania and attended by Chief Justice V. De Gaetano. The main theme of the congress was "Problems of Legislative Omission in Constitutional Jurisprudence".
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Interview with the Chief Justice - Times of Malta

An interview with Chief Justice V. De Gaetano published in The Times of the 30th November 2007.
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A letter to the Times

A letter sent by Dr. Marse-Ann Farrugia (Judicial Assistant and Legal Secretary at the office of the Chief Justice) to the Editor of the Times in reply to the law report published on the 13th August 2007 entitled "Constitutional court raps lower court". The letter was published on Friday, 17th August, 2007.
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The Difficult Sentencing Process

An article published in the Times (Friday, 13th April, 2007) entitled "The Difficult Sentencing Process", written by Dr. Marse-Ann Farrugia (Judicial Assistant and Legal Secretary at the office of the Chief Justice).
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European Judicial Systems

A report published in 2006 by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on the functioning of the justice systems in European states. The CEPEJ was established in September 2002 by resolution of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in order to improve the efficiency and functioning of the justice systems within the member States.
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Questionnaire of the XIIIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts

Answers to a questionnaire given by Chief Justice Vincent De Gaetano dealing with the criteria of the limitation of Human Rights in the practice of Constitutional Justice, as viewed from Malta's perspective. The answers were presented during the XIIIth Conference of European Constitutional Courts held in Nicosia, Cyprus between the 15th and 19th May 2005.
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Speech by L. Wildhaber

Speech delivered on the 16th January 2003 at the Aula Magna of the Old University in Valletta by Luzius Wildhaber, President of the European Court of Human Rights, on the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the European Convention Act (Act XIV of 1987). The speech considers the goals of the European Convention on Human Rights with particular reference to a number of fundamental freedoms.
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Human Rights

An article written by Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino and published in the book Fundamental Rights in Europe, The European Convention on Human Rights & Its Member States 1950-2000, edited by Robert Blackburn & Dr. Jorge Polakiewicz and published by Oxford University Press (Publication Date: 20th December 2001).
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Questionnaire on the Right to a Fair Trial

Answers to a questionnaire given by Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino on the right to a Fair Trial under Maltese Law. The answers from various jurisdictions to the questionnaire were presented during a conference (Right of a Fair Trial) held between the 23rd and 25th September 1999, in Brno organised by the Venice Commission and held in co-operation with the Czech Constitutional Court.
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XIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts

A paper by Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino on the subject of Freedom of Conscience as applied under Maltese Law. The topics dealt with relate to freedom of religion and the right of non-discrimination on the ground of religion. The paper was presented during the XIth Congress of the Conference of  European Constitutional Courts held in Warsaw, Poland between the 17th and 21st May 1999. 
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Affirmative Action

A paper written by Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino dealing with affirmative action as an attempt to remedy for discrimination. The paper was presented during the Constitutional Court Conference on Equality Jurisprudence organised by the South African Constitutional Court and the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and held in Gordon's Bay, South Africa between the 31st January and 1st February 1998.
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