Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis announced that a €22-million project will commence in the coming weeks for the extension of the Court’s building in Strada Stretta, Valletta. The new building will have four new halls and 25 offices.
The Minister stated that in the 2021 budget the Government showed with facts its commitment in the strengthening of the rule of law and good governance when in the past 10 months, reforms were immediately introduced, according to the Venice Commission proposals. These included the separation of the Attorney General from the State Attorney in two separate buildings. In the coming weeks, he added, an office for the State Attorney will open, similar to that of the Attorney General while new lawyers will be recruited. Dr Zammit Lewis also said that a project will be implemented, under the direction of the World Bank, on the drafting of internal structures and administrative procedures for the Attorney General’s office and that of the State Attorney.
A bill will be presented to permit the holding of virtual sessions in civil procedures while the digital system will be strengthened in a way that those who need this service may apply online, the Minister added.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms, Rosianne Cutajar, announced that a new centre will open for LGBTIQ plus persons who will be given all the services that they need. She added that work is underway on a bill for the protection of responsible use of Cannabis, while the Government will also shortly launch a national plan of action against racism and xenophobia. Two strategies are also earmarked, one against human trafficking and the other on sex industry and prostitution, with further enforcement against criminals and the strengthening of assistance to victims.