Author: Mark Said

Eyeing huge economic potential in the coming years, not just for fisheries but also from artificial islands, wind farms, solar farms, wave-generated electricity and revenue from shipping movements, Malta has started a process that will lead to the declaration of an exclusive economic zone in the central Mediterranean. This has the potential of extending Malta’s responsibilities by as much as 71,446 square kilometres beyond its territorial waters. By doing this, will Malta be going far beyond the original intention and aims of the International Law of the Sea? This law was intended to protect the common heritage of mankind rather…

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The justice minister will be presenting a bill in parliament to amend Malta’s criminal code and give prosecutors an additional five years to identify and charge child molesters in court. The amendments will see the statute of limitations for sexual crimes committed against minors start ticking from the moment the victim turns 23. Currently, the statute of limitations begins to run when a victim turns 18, and under Maltese law, sex abuse against minors is subject to a 15-year prescription period. The bill is also intended to expand the law on sexual offences related to minors as well as other…

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Chamber of Advocates president Louis de Gabriele’s speech during the inaugural sitting of Mr Justice Ian Spiteri Bailey (‘Lawyers sound warning over “piecemeal” regulation of profession’, June 11) made interesting reading. He reiterated some fundamental aspects of the legal profession that can never be altered, no matter how much one may try and carry it to extremes and, at the same time,  called for certainty with regard to other lacking aspects. There is a fundamental distinction between a law graduate and an advocate. The former is one who has graduated from the university law course or a recognised law school.…

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