The institution of the Chamber of Procurator (Procuratori and Sollecitatori approvati)
finds its origin prior to the promulgation of the Prammatiche by Grand Masters
Lascaris (1640) and Caraffa (1681). The earliest mention so far discovered of
the profession of Legal Procurator is to be found in the Pandectae et Ordinationes
promulgated by Grand Master D'Omedes in 1553, which states that the two professions
of Advocate and Procurator had already existed distinctly for a long time.
By Proclamation No. XII, entitled "A Law for the Regulation of Legal Procurators" and
promulgated in 1827, the British Colonial Administration in Malta (under Governor
Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsomby) made its first endeavour to legislate on the
profession of Legal Procurator.
The first statute of the Chamber of Legal Procurators (Camera dei Procuratori
Legali) was approved and duly adopted at a general meeting of the Chamber held
on the 10th of January, 1880. Following the destruction of the Courts of Justice
in Valletta and all of the records of the Chamber through enemy action during
the Second World War(1939-45), a new Statute was drawn up and approved by the
Chamber on the 22nd of February, 1963. This is now being completely revised to
meet present day exigencies.
A Code of Ethics and Conduct for Legal Procurators was drawn up by the Chamber
and approved by the Commission for the Administration of Justice under the Constitution
of Malta, and given force of law by Legal Notice N. 933 of 1998. The Chamber
is represented on the Committee of Advocates and Legal Procurators set up by
the said Commission to deal with complaints of breaches of professional conduct
by any Legal Procurator.
Role of the Chamber of Legal Procurators
The role of the Chamber of Legal Procurators is to safeguard the rights of its
members and to promote such rights, to uphold the honour and dignity of the profession
and to ensure that Legal Procurators do not act abusively or negligently or in
a manner repugnant to the decorum, dignity and honour of their profession or
in a manner as could seriously affect the trust conferred on them.
Role of the Legal Procurator
Legal Procurators are admitted to the practice of the profession by the authority
of the President of Malta granted by Warrant under the Public Seal of Malta,
as in the case of Advocates. They have to pursue a special course of the rudiments
of civil, commercial and criminal law and of the practice of the Maltese Courts.
The principal duties of the Legal Procurator are to assist the Advocates, with
whom they are retained, in the proceedings of the cases; to file written pleadings
in the Registry of the Courts on behalf of the clients, and to perform generally
other services in connection with the preparation of lawsuits by the Advocates.
Legal Procurators are admitted to plead in the Courts of Magistrates and in special
Tribunals and Boards and are able to give advice.
Legal Procurators are entitled to the same privileges, and are subject to the
same disqualifications, as Advocates.
All correspondence should be sent by mail to:
The Chamber of Legal Procurators,
Courts of Justice,
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