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01/10/2018 - Judicial Year 2018-2019

On Monday 1 October, Hall 22 was the venue for the traditional formal opening of the Judicial Year. Judges and Magistrates, fully robed, gathered in the hall where trials by jury are held to hear Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi make his first formal allocution as head of the Judiciary. He was followed by the President of the Chamber of Advocated, Dr George Hyzler, who addressed the joint Bench (click here for photo -- courtesy Times of Malta). Present for the occasion was Her Excellency the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the minister responsible for justice, Dr Owen Bonnici, lawyers, legal procurators and other court officials. A copy of the speech made by the Chief Justice (in Maltese) is available here.

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