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Scores of crimes are to be removed from the Malta Criminal Code and instead of continuing to be heard before Judges and Magistrates, will henceforth be passed on to the Commissioner for Justice and settled in the Tribunal.
Justice and Governance Minister Edward Zammit Lewis explained that the crimes range from small personal disputes to offences against other persons in the street. The Minister added this is expected to considerably reduce the number of pending cases in the Courts, whilst letting Judges and Magistrates concentrate on more serious crimes.
The Minister also stressed the need for more efficiency by the Judiciary, adding that certain lengthy delays have to be eliminated. This whilst recognising the delays are not always the Judiciary’s fault, but simply because the process is too voluminous. Minister Zammit Lewis further stated that greater efforts are presently being made regarding economic crimes, and as a result of what has been announced, the Courts will be better able to focus on these crimes.
Law Commissioner Antonio Mizzi said this came about after a study had been started last year to identify the most minor crimes in the Criminal Code. Commissioner Mizzi added that what had been announced was not final, and more processes remained to be carried out in this regard.