Judicial system needs revamping - Joseph Muscat
A person would be identified by the government to review the judicial system as well as changes which need to be made within the judiciary, PL leader Joseph Muscat said this morning during a press conference in front of the Law Courts.
This selected individual person would submit recommendations which the government will take under consideration. Asked if he has anyone in mind, Dr Muscat said he does, explaining that they are well respected within society but refused to give names. "They will be beyond reproach and the review would be completed this year," he said.
Dr Muscat explained how the legal system needs to cater for the people and not the people for the system. He explained that there need to be reforms within the Commission for the Administration for Justice, which currently is only able to recommend action or support a call for impeachment, which is extreme. He added that the Commission should have the ability to enforce its recommendations.
Talking about the scheduling of cases, the PL leader held that a new system is needed where cases are better divided and spread out, minimalising the number of cases which must be postponed. A PL Government will introduce a phone messaging system which will inform people of cases being postponed.
There must be more checks and balances when appointing new judges, Joseph Muscat concluded, and this will be part of the duties of the selected individual tasked with reviewing the judicial system.