Today, the Minister for Justice Karol Aquilina, together with the Law Students’ Association (GħSL), presented a Draft Law that will reform and consolidate Maltese legislation on judicial review of administrative, legislative, and judicial acts.
This Draft Law will:
- Update and clarify the law.
- Provide citizens with more rights and greater protection against the abuse of power.
- Hold the Government and authorities more accountable and responsible towards citizens.
- Strengthen the role of the Courts in delivering justice.
- Enhance the role of the Ombudsman.
- Strengthen the rule of law in our country.
Minister for Justice Karol Aquilina and GħSL President Andrew Drago explained that the Draft Law will bring about several significant changes in Maltese legislation, including:
- Sufficient interest, rather than strict legal standing, will be required for a person to bring a case (in the case of administrative and judicial acts).
- The Draft Law will set a time limit of two years for initiating a judicial review of legislative acts (e.g., challenging the validity of Legal Notices).
- Instead of six months, a person will have two years to bring a judicial review case.
- The two-year time limit will also apply to decisions taken by the Attorney General (currently limited to one month).
- If a person has a case before the Ombudsman, the two-year time limit will be suspended until the Ombudsman decides on the case.
- A broader definition of a public authority will be introduced to include the Armed Forces of Malta and any other body performing a public function.
Karol Aquilina expressed gratitude to GħSL for their initiative and expressed confidence that there will be more opportunities for cooperation between the Parliamentary Group of the Nationalist Party and GħSL in the future.
Present at the presentation of the Draft Law were also the Whip of the Parliamentary Group, Robert Cutajar, and the Vice President of GħSL, Laura Chetcuti Dimech.