Court Of Appeal Wants A One Stop Shop For When People Sue The Government

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The Court of Appeal wants the law changed in order for plaintiffs to sue directly the government or the State Advocate as its main legal counsel rather than sue different entities.

This was held by the Court of Appeal on 25 October 2023 in Jean Noel Ambeau Yapi et vs the Prime Minister et.

The appeal was limited to a decree issued by the First Hall of the Civil Courts following an application to call in the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the Interior. This is because it resulted that it was the Permanent Secretary who signed a charter contract of two vessels to keep migrants on them. This is in fact part of a constitutional lawsuit where a number of migrants are asking the court to declare that there was a breach of their fundamental human rights when they were forced to stay on board two vessels outside Maltese territorial waters.