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Commercial court’s competence to be extended

The competence of the commercial section of the First Hall of the Civil Court is proposed to be extended to allow for improvement in the timely delivery of judgements.

The commercial section of the Civil Court was introduced in 2018, significantly reducing the backlog of work. The section currently deals with applications related to matters regulated by the Companies Act, the Competition Act and any regulations falling under the Consumer Affairs Act and the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Act. The jurisdictional competence of the commercial section will be extended to cover maritime, trademarks, intellectual property and patents. A spokesperson from the justice ministry said that the decision should spark confidence in foreign investors since litigations will fall under the jurisdiction of a specialised court. The aim is to speed up the delivery of judgments by assigning to the court additional judges.

The government is now expected to present a bill to this end in Parliament.