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Business law in Malta

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary in Malta is independent.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreign nationals can expect an impartial trial form the country's judicial system.
The Language of Justice
Maltese and English are the two judicial languages used in the country.
Recourse to an Interpreter
Malta is country's national language. However, English is widely used and considered as a second language. Therefore, the recourse to an interpreter is easy.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The main source of the law is the constitution of 1964 (amended many times). The country's legal system is based on English common law and Roman civil law (Napoleonic codes). English law has had since the early part of the last century, its fair share of influence on certain areas of criminal law and procedure (for example, the presumption of innocence). Malta being a member of the European Union, the national law in the country needs to comply with the conditions of the community legislation. 
Checking National Laws Online
Malta's main laws online (English and Maltese)

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