Repubblika: We’ll be there on Monday morning

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2019-04-25T19:20:30+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 19:20|

Press Release by Repubblika: Repubblika is grateful for the decision of the First Hall of the Civil Court to accept the application we filed this morning asking for an urgent hearing of our application to stop the government appointing more Judges and Magistrates before the reforms expected by the Venice Commission are introduced. In fact [...]

GUEST POST: Money talks and bullshit walks

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2019-04-27T09:56:38+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 16:36|

The term “Political Correctness” is used to describe language, policies or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. So people who are short are “vertically challenged”, people who are blind or myopic are “visually impaired”, people who are hard of hearing or deaf are “hearing impaired”, [...]

Court to hear request to stop judicial appointments on Monday. Will President swear in new judges this afternoon anyway?

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2019-04-25T13:57:02+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 13:57|

Judge Mark Chetcuti has set Monday morning as the earliest date when he can hear Repubblika's plea to halt judicial appointment until after the Venice Commission recommendations are implemented. The Court ordered the government is advised of this immediately. Yet, by all accounts the President of Malta George Vella will be swearing in new judges [...]

Rushing appointments through

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2019-04-25T12:08:32+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 12:08|

The appointment of new judges ought to be a day of celebration for a functioning democracy. But our method of choosing judges has been outed by the foremost world experts on how democracies should work as indicative of a failed democracy. The government has accepted this and promised to change the system. It has taken [...]

Repubblika asks Court to order government to freeze judicial appointments

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2019-04-25T11:33:33+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 11:17|

Repubblika Statement: Repubblika this morning filed an application in the First Hall of the Civil Court asking it to order the government not to appoint new Judges and Magistrates until a new system of choosing judges that ensures the independence of the judiciary is introduced. In public statements, the Government has already recognised the finding [...]